There’s no shortage of counterfeits in the world, but don’t let religion be one of them. True faith isn’t a set of ideas, but truth revealing itself in action. If what we believe doesn’t play out in what we do day in and day out, then maybe our religion isn’t as real as we’d like to think it is. Join us for the Real Religion series as we are guided by the book of James in tackling practical issues that we all face every day.
We love to divide people into groups. And a lot of times we put people in one of two groups. We have a tendency to do the same thing when it comes to religion. As Christians we often say that people are either believers or unbelievers, decided or undecided, lost or saved. But the passage we’re looking at today in the book of James suggests that those categories might not be the ones we should be using.
It’s time for a priority reboot. Being the most kind to those with the least with the least to offer us is counterintuitive. But that’s because what we are still driven by the world’s value system. Listen to learn some important steps to a reboot of your priorities.
This week we had a special Guest Speaker come in all the way from Mount Hermon! Come listen to Pastor Mike Comberger as he takes us through James and show us that our behavior changes because our heart has been changed by Jesus himself. Tha’s how we know that we have Real Religion – authentic faith.
What James is saying here is basically part two of what he said in the previous passage: faith without works is dead. Anyone who claims to have faith in Jesus but whose life doesn’t show the evidence of God’s transforming work is fooling themselves. As Mike said it last week, Last week: real religion can be seen with your eyes. If you’ve been saved by faith, your life will demonstrate that. If you have fresh water inside you, then saltwater won’t be gushing out. You can tell what kind of tree you’re looking at by the fruit it produces.
James is states is that true wisdom is what allows us to see the value in others and treat them accordingly. It’s not about thinking that we don’t matter…it’s about remembering that others do matter. True wisdom sees the value in others and treats them accordingly. The problem is that true wisdom, the kind of wisdom that sees the value in others and treats them accordingly, isn’t the only kind of wisdom out there. And actually, there’s a whole other kind of so-called wisdom operating in the world that exerts tremendous influence on us.
Our High School Paster Shannon Popp joins us to continue in the book of James this weekend. Real Religion is a moral religion without clear moral boundaries. It is not about, “don’t do this, and never do that”, but about positive action rather than a grocery list to check off.
This week Craig continues our walk through James, as James offers us here are three keys to replacing worldly arrogance with Godly humility.
When the Bible talks about the dangers of wealth, it’s very easy for us to think that it’s talking about someone else. But most of us in this room are rich. It might not feel like it, but it all depends on who you compare yourself to. Listen to Craig this weekend as he speaks into, “What do I need to do to right what’s wrong”?
Today we look at a passage as James turns his attention back to those who are facing oppression, facing unjust circumstances. Whether you’ve faced these kinds of circumstances in the past, are facing them right now or just know that you are likely to face them at some point in the future, James has some important instructions for how we’re supposed to handle those situations.
Through It All
DAVID W. HEGG
But now, as we face changing times, changing morals, changing ethical climate in our country, and around the world, it is even more important that we continue to stand in truth and love … both! It is important that we don’t follow the path of culture into division, but stand strong, and remain winsome, for the “truth once for all delivered to the saints” as Jude wrote.
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