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Believers must hear the gospel well and turn it into actions. The church James was speaking to was acting contrarily to equality found in Christ but now they must show mercy because they been given mercy.
Continuing with the Book of James, we learn how PRIDE and PRAYER do not mix...
In the midst of cultural challenges and interpersonal conflict as Christians, James steps in to give us guidance from the gospel of Jesus. Much of our strife comes from the recurring pull to think too highly of ourselves, to be quick to give our opinions, to even be angry in giving them at times. This creates division among people and James calls us to 'be quick to hear, slow to speak' and he encourages us to do two things 1) Listen to one another and 2) Listen to God through his gospel and scriptures. In this text James calls us to devotion to God, rather than to devotion to ourselves. He shares how we deceive ourselves and the damage it causes, and he calls us to be devoted to what God is devoted to, to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. Through all of this, he calls us to remember the gospel, the implanted word, able to save our souls.
Continuing through the Book of James, Pastor Steve teaches on the difference of worldly wisdom versus Pure Wisdom from above
For centuries people have wrestled with the book of James, trying to reconcile it's focus on works as evidence of faith and Paul's seeming focus on faith without works being what is necessary for faith. James was the leader of the Jerusalem church at a time of socioeconomic conflict, social conflict and religious factions within the church. It is into this context that James is writing and seeking to instruct. In this sermon we look at how hard it is to be a Christian, even without all the external strife. We also look at how hard we try to be good Christians and how it shakes our faith when we aren't. We look at that challenges of looking to ourselves and looking to God. Ultimately we look at what happens when we finally stop trying and start trusting instead.