SUNDAY Sermon Series – CHARITY AND PURITY

August 24, 2015 - ESV - Bible verse of the day - James 1:27 -  DailyVerses.net

James 1

CONTEXT: Matthew Henry says of this book and specifically this chapter: This epistle of James is one of the most instructive writings in the New Testament. Being chiefly directed against particular errors at that time brought in among the Jewish Christians, it does not contain the same full doctrinal statements as the other epistles, but it presents an admirable summary of the practical duties of all believers...How to apply to God under troubles, and how to behave in prosperous and in adverse circumstances. (1-11) To look upon all evil as proceeding from ourselves, and all good from God. (12-18) The duty of watching against a rash temper, and of receiving the word of God with meekness. (19-21) And of living according to thereto. (22-25) The difference between vain pretenses and real religion. (26-27)

If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. James settles that matter off very peremptorily. An unbridled tongue indicates a godless heart.

Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. This is not the secret part of religion. Of that, we read elsewhere. But this is the very dress that true religion puts on—charitably caring for the most destitute of our fellow creatures, and holy walking, that we be not as the men of the world are—“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

C.H. Spurgeon Comments on James v26-27

As his sermon below makes clear, this is not the social (welfare) Gospel, that has seen a marked resurgence within the ranks of evangelicals in recent times. NO this is the clear-cut duty of the church, to its members, and in LIMITED cases its neighbors. – Mike


SERMON

CHARITY AND PURITY

NO. 2313, A SERMON ( With Full Chapter Exposition) INTENDED FOR READING ON LORD’S-DAY, JUNE 18, 1893
DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON, AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON, ON THURSDAY EVENING, MAY 23, 1889

“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this,
To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
James 1:27

THERE is a great deal said, a great deal written, a great deal of zeal on the one side, and of anger on the other, expended upon the externals of religion. Some think that they should be very fine, not to say gaudy, very impressive, not to say imposing. They like what they call, “bright” services, though we might call them by another name. But the great question with many people is, “What are to be the externals of religion?” What dress is religion to wear? Shall it be robed in the plainness of Quakerdom, or shall it be adorned with all the brilliance of Romanism? Which shall it be? …

Continued at Source: https://www.spurgeongems.org/sermon/chs2313.pdf

Devotional Thought for Today – 06/08/2021

James 1:22 (ESV) - James 1:22 ESV - But be doers of the word,… | Biblia

James 1

I have written or posted about this verse more than once over the years (see below) primarily because I believe the Bible is true and as such 1 Peter 4:10 demands I take action.

Of course, as always context is critical, this past Saturday’s Devotional has the chapter breakdown from Matthew Henry’s commentary. One thing to point out is v.21, James through the divine inspiration of the Holy Spirit writes, So get rid of all uncleanness and [e]all that remains of wickedness, and with a humble spirit receive the word [of God] which is implanted [actually rooted in your heart], which is able to save your souls. (AMP)

God has plans for and expects the humble of heart to be the doers of His Word, what about you?


OTHER RESOURCES:

Sunday Sermon Series – Hearers

Daily Devotional – Couch Potato Christian

Failing to Do It!

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Being a Doer of the Word

“Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves” (James 1:22).

A doer of the Word obeys what Scripture says.

Effective Bible study is built on three key questions: What does the Bible say? What does it mean? How does it apply to my life? Each of those questions is important, but applying the Word must always be the highest goal. Knowledge without application is useless.

Both the Old and New Testaments emphasize the importance of applying Scripture. For example, just prior to leading the Israelites into the Promised Land, Joshua received this message from God: “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success” (Josh. 1:8). That’s a command to be a doer of the Word—one who receives, studies, and understands Scripture, then applies it to every aspect of his or her life. That was the key to Joshua’s amazing success.

James 1:22 is a New Testament counterpart to Joshua 1:8 and is directed to every believer: “Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.” It’s not enough to hear the Word; you must also do what it says.

The phrase “doer of the word” doesn’t refer to the person who obeys periodically, but the one who habitually and characteristically obeys. It’s one thing to run in a race; it’s something else to be a runner. It’s one thing to teach a class; it’s something else to be a teacher. Runners are known for running; teachers are known for teaching—it’s characteristic of their lives. Similarly, doers of the Word are known for their obedience to biblical truth.

Never be content to be a hearer of the Word only, but prove yourself a doer in the Christian life. Your claim to love Christ will mean something only if you obey what He says.

Suggestions for Prayer

Memorize Joshua 1:8 and pray regularly that God will make you a faithful doer of the Word.

For Further Study

Read Psalm 1.

  • What are the benefits of delighting in God’s law?
  • How does the psalmist characterize those who reject righteousness?

From Drawing Near by John MacArthur Copyright © 1993. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.com.

Devotional Thought for Today – 06/05/2021

James 1:19–20 (ESV) - James 1:19–20 ESV - Know this, my beloved… | Biblia
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James 1

CONTEXT: Matthew Henry says of this book and specifically this chapter: This epistle of James is one of the most instructive writings in the New Testament. Being chiefly directed against particular errors at that time brought in among the Jewish Christians, it does not contain the same full doctrinal statements as the other epistles, but it presents an admirable summary of the practical duties of all believers...How to apply to God under troubles, and how to behave in prosperous and in adverse circumstances. (1-11) To look upon all evil as proceeding from ourselves, and all good from God. (12-18) The duty of watching against a rash temper, and of receiving the word of God with meekness. (19-21) And of living according to thereto. (22-25) The difference between vain pretenses and real religion. (26,27)

Over the years I have written many times about anger, like many of my fellow ex-military, it is an issue I have long dealt with and writing helps remind me of the futility of angry outbursts.

Instead of more of my words here is a devotional on the matter by John MacArthur:

Be Slow to Anger

“Let everyone be . . . slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God” (James 1:19-20).

If you resent God’s Word, you cannot grow in righteousness.

Have you ever started reading your Bible, thinking everything was fine between you and the Lord, only to have the Word suddenly cut deep into your soul to expose some sin you had neglected or tried to hide? That commonly happens because God seeks to purge sin in His children. The Holy Spirit uses the Word to penetrate the hidden recesses of the heart to do His convicting and purifying work. How you respond to that process is an indicator of the genuineness of your faith.

“Anger” in James 1:19-20 refers to a negative response to that process. It is a deep internal resentment accompanied by an attitude of rejection. Sometimes that resentment can be subtle. Paul described those who “will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires” (2 Tim. 4:3). They’re the people who drift from church to church in search of someone who will tell them what they want to hear—or a congregation that wants a pastor who will make them feel good about themselves instead of preaching the Word and setting a high standard of holiness.

Sometimes resentment toward the Word ceases to be subtle and turns to open hostility. That happened when the crowd Stephen confronted covered their ears, drove him out of the city, and stoned him to death (Acts 7:57-60). Countless others throughout history have felt the fatal blows of those whose resentment of God’s truth turned to hatred for His people.

Receiving the Word includes being quick to hear what it says and slow to anger when it disagrees with your opinions or confronts your sin. Is that your attitude? Do you welcome its reproof and heed its warnings, or do you secretly resent it? When a Christian brother or sister confronts a sin in your life, do you accept or reject their counsel?

Suggestions for Prayer

Thank God for the power of His Word to convict you and drive you to repentance. Welcome its correction with humility and thanksgiving.

For Further Study

Read 2 Timothy 4:1-5, noting the charge Paul gave to Timothy and his reason for giving it

From Drawing Near by John MacArthur Copyright © 1993. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.com.


Here are some other posts on Anger:

Christian Reflections on Anger

Overcoming 5 Types of Anger

Dealing with Anger? Meditating on Bible Verses from Proverbs

Comfort for the Grieving, Hurting, and Dying Series – Part IV

Sunday Sermon Series – Hearers

KJV Bible Wallpapers: Doers of the Word - James 1:25

JAMES 1 


CONTEXT

There is little doubt whom wrote this Epistle James, a Servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,  although the New Testament mentions a few James’ this is clearly Jesus’ half brother who had become a leader of the Church in Jerusalem. 

The overarching theme of the book is Faith but it has garnished much criticism over the years because James associates Faith with Works. A diligent Berean however should be able to distinguish that James is not say that works are required for Faith but that Faith naturally produces works.

Such is the case beginning in v.19  through to the end of the chapter including our text v.25 today. James is saying that a true Christians actions (works) are a good indicator of their underlying Faith, be doers of the word and not hearers only v.22. 

What are you doing for the Kingdom today? 


SERMON

Two Sorts of Hearers

Charles Haddon Spurgeon,  January 01, 1970

Scripture: James 1:22-25;  From: Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 25