James 1:19-27

The Response to the Word James 1:19-27  Introduction 1. The Word Late in the 19th century, two men living in London went to a meeting of their geographical society to hear about a recent trip to China. During the report, the speaker spoke of being in a village and inquiring if any Christians lived there. The village chief told him there was one Christian living in a village about fifteen miles away. One of the two men leaned over to his friend and said: “Ah, there was only one Christian and he was fifteen miles away. But they knew exactly where he lived!” Does the world know about our faith? Does our faith make us radically different from those around us? Do our deeds match with the Word that we profess to read, study, and believe. Month after month, week after week we preach the word of God here at Declaration Church. That is because everything we need is found in the word of God. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Paul writes: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” This comprehensive view of the importance of the Word is echoed in the Westminster Confession: “The whole counsel of God concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in Scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from Scripture…” The Word is the heart and soul of our Christian experience. In short, that’s why we preach the word of God — week after week, month after month — at Declaration Church. But we don’t preach it for preaching’s sake! We preach the Word so that we will live in a manner that is consistent with the teaching of the Word. 2. The Book of James The passage that we will be looking at tonight is found in the book of James.  The Author Though there is some debate on the matter, conservative scholarship is almost unanimous in agreement that the author of James is the half-brother of Jesus...

Read More