“Doers of the Word”Categories: Friday First
Doers of the Word
During October, we’ve been talking about the pursuit of God and His plan. Not only must we believe God and understand He never walks away from His promises, we must actually respond in obedience and submission.
It was Solomon who said, keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life, Proverbs 4.23. The heart of every person governs their behavior. Jesus said that a good heart produces good things and an evil heart produces evil things, Matthew 12.33, 35. It always comes down to conduct - how you live. At the end of the first century, John wrote: It is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God…, 1 John 3.10. The line between the person in Christ and the person not in Christ is very clear. Those who obey the word of God will have the evidence of the life of God in their life.
The only proper response to the word of God is obedience. Notice what James says in 1.22: but be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. If you are a hearer only, you are deceiving yourself. About what? Your salvation, genuineness, and authenticity. The mark of a genuine disciple is to be a doer.
Our plan of study on Sunday will cover James 1.19-27. We’ll talk about:
- Understanding this passage in its proper context.
- James 1.19-21 - The proper reception to the Word of God.
- James 1.22-27 - The proper reaction to the Word of God.
As you get ready for worship, be thinking about these things:
- Read James 1.18-25 - how many times is the word spoken of directly or alluded to? How does this help us understand the context?
- What is an important thing about the word of God we learn from 1.21?
- How is the word like a mirror?
- Why does James refer to the word as the perfect law of liberty?
- What are some reasons we can view God’s word as liberating?
Sunday Song Leader: Randy Mullins
Sunday Scripture Reading: Collin Schofield
TEXT: James 1.19-27