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Message Notes & Questions – June 21, 2020

James: Faith in the Real World

Wk 3 – Action

James 1:19-27

 

 

This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not  bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

(James 1:19-27)

 

One of the first things we learn:

 

  1. We Must Accept it

This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.

(James 1:19-21)

 

Three things we need to receive God’s Word:

 

  1. Be quick to hear-

 

The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he  falls away.

(Matthew 13:20-21)

 

  1. Slow to Speak-

 

  1. Slow to Anger-

 

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

(2 Timothy 3:16-17)

for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.

(James 1:20)

 

Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.

(James 1:21)

 

Once we accept and receive God’s word:

 

  1. We Must Apply It

 

But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

(James 1:22)

 

For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.

(James 1:23-25)

 

What makes someone on “effectual doer?” what are the characteristic?

 

  1. Reads, studies, and lives the Bible
  2. Thinks and considers the Bible on a regular basis
  3. Willingly obeys God’s Word
  4. Responds to God’s word in a positive manner
  5. Instead of hearing and forgetting they hear and do.

 

If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not  bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.

(James 1:26-27)

 

Bottom Line:

To speak the truth, we need to live the truth.

 

 

Notes:

 

 

 

Small Group Questions

  1. Read James 1: 19-27 If real faith produces genuine works, what are some works that may be disingenuous?   What should we do if we see this pattern in a fellow believer?  Can we see this in ourselves?

 

  1. How can God use us to repair the break between belief and behavior in today’s church?

 

 

  1. In the message, a 3 part strategy was laid out to receive Gods work. We are to be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger.  What does it mean to be quick to hear?  How can we overcome our tendencies to be fast to speak and be fast to anger?

 

  1. Darin mentioned that God’s word can hit us close to home and at times we may turn defensive. How can we reconcile between the prompting of the spirit and our own desire to continue in pride? How does pride get in the way of doing God’s will?

 

 

  1. Read Matthew 13: 20-21 In a world that seems, as predicted in the Bible, to be increasingly hostile to Christ followers, how can we ensure we won’t stumble?  Is it possible to show love for those who seem to be attacking God’s message and messengers?  What are some things we can do to not return hate for hate and bitterness for bitterness?  Why does it seem so difficult to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us?

 

  1. Is there a difference between accepting and receiving Gods word? If so, give some examples of each.

 

 

  1. An excellent “start” to our walk is to prepare for God’s Word, secondly receive God’s Word, thirdly to respond go God’s Word. Is this a one-time achievement that we must meet?  What does it mean to prepare for God’s Word?  What are some of the things that hinder us from responding to God’s Word?

 

  1. Are you religious? What does it mean to be religious in the sense of the 1st century Christians?  What does it mean to be religious now?

 

 

  1. For self-reflection: Are you a hearer of the word or a doer or both or neither? What is God prompting you to do today?

 

  1. Continue to pray for the Lord’s church as churches everywhere begin to open up. Pray for our Pastors and Government leaders that they would seek God’s will and do it.