Sunday, February 1, 2009

Be Doers of God's Word

19My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. 21Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.

22Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

26If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. 27Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. - James 1:19-27 (NIV)



1. Introduction.

-Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Verse 22

2. The descriptions of a Doer of God's word. Verses 22-25

3. How to be doers of God's Word?

- Practice scriptural holiness. Verses 19-21, 26-27

4. Conclusion.

The greatest challenge as a disciple of Jesus is to be a doer of God's Word.

Questions to ponder and meditate.

1. What are ways we can practice scriptural holiness?

2. Imagine how practising scriptural holiness can transform our nation.


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