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The Royal Law of Love

Text: James 2:8-13
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: May 29, 2011

As we study the Bible, we all come with our own preconceived beliefs and have to be ready to be corrected in our thinking and to adjust our doctrine and practice according to what we learn.
James, especially in chapter 2, shakes up some of our paradigms as he calls us to live out our faith. Why is it important that we obey God’s law if Christ has already obeyed for us? V. 8-9
In what sense will we be judged? v. 12-13

In our last study (2:1-7) James warned us that harboring an attitude of favoritism substitutes the glory of man for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ and makes us unjust judges who (unlike God) treat people according to outward appearances. Discrimination also puts us in opposition to God as we reject the lowly whom God has chosen and favor the great who dishonor the Lord.

In this week’s passage James pushes his point further.
While most would condemn open displays of prejudice, but think little of their own subtle choices to favor some and ignore others.
James portrays favoritism as a serious sin which violates of our positive duty to love our neighbor and invites the judgment of God.

Gospel Treasures in Jars of Clay

Text: 2 Corinthians 4
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: May 22, 2011

In the fourth chapter of the book of 2 Corinthians, God reveals through the mouth of His servant Paul profound truths that should affect the whole of our lives and living. He speaks of a gospel that saves; a gospel of infinite power; powerful enough to bring all who have been gripped by its promises to safety at the side of Jesus, despite all the dangers, difficulties, and hardships that will be endured in this temporal life.

Need some PERSPECTIVE on your life? Some ENCOURAGEMENT? Fresh FOCUS? A new look at the REALITIES of your salvation? Let me encourage you to read this chapter in preparation for the morning’s message. I am very much looking forward to worshiping with you all tomorrow.

Favoritism Forbidden

Text: James 2:1-7
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: May 15, 2011

This Sunday we will begin James 2 which begins the subject of favoritism in the church.
While we live in a culture which frowns on discrimination, we are all tempted to have our heads turned by human glory – wealth, fame, education, status, etc.

James approaches this very practical subject in a theological way.
He states that partiality towards men is inconsistent with our faith (by which we are justified) in Christ (who is the glorious Lord God).
When we know the glory of Christ, the glory of men will fade into insignificance.
To judge people based upon earthly status is contrary to God (one of Whose attributes is justice) Who refuses to show favoritism based upon outward appearances.
James also says that discriminating against the poor or lowly is inconsistent with God’s choice (the doctrine of election) of them.

Women Helping Women

Text: Titus 2
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Date: May 8, 2011

An evening sermon from GBC elder Jim Newheiser.

Real Religion

Text: James 1:26-27
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: May 8, 2011

Tomorrow we will finish the first chapter of James.
James has been following a progression of thought.
First, he told us about how we have been regenerated by God’s Word (v. 18).
Then, he told us to be receptive to that Word which has been implanted with our souls (v. 21).
Then he told us to be doers of the Word, not merely hearers (v. 22-25).
He ends the chapter by telling us specific things we are to do in applying the Word – bridling the tongue, not being stained by the world, and caring for the helpless (widows and orphans).

James’ approach is instructive concerning how Christians view good works (and how our good works differ from those done by people of other religions).
The foundation of what we do for God (i.e. helping widows) is what God has already done for us through the Gospel Word (giving us a new birth and implanting His Word within us).

John 11:38-44

Text: John 11:38-44
Speaker: Mike Seufert
Date: May 1, 2011

An evening sermon from Mike Seufert.

Receiving and Doing the Word

Text: James 1:21-25
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: May 1, 2011

This Lord’s Day we will cover a passage which contains what many say is the key verse in the book of James. “But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” (James 1:22). James addresses our attitude towards God’s Word (which should be receptive – 1:21) and our response (which should be action 1:22-25). In the following verses (for next week) James will give specific examples of the actions required (1:26-27).

James is concerned that some professing Christians are failing to put God’s Word into practice. This echoes the teaching of Jesus, which also emphasizes obedient hearing of God’s Word (Mt. 7:21ff). James implies that those who hear the Word without obedience may be deluded about the reality of their faith in Christ (which will be a major topic in chapter 2:14ff).

James places these exhortations to receiving and obeying God’s Word in the context of the work God is doing in us. God has, through His Word, given us a new birth (1:18).
God’s Word has been implanted in us (1:21). Through God’s work in our souls, His Word becomes to us the perfect law of liberty, just as God had promised would be the case under the New Covenant (Jer. 31:33 Ezek. 36:26ff).

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