Spiritual Graduate School (7 of 14) by Rick White

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Spiritual Graduate School (7 of 14)
Series: Real World Faith for Real World People
Rick White
James 3:13-18

Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Introduction: There are two things that I consider to be very significant about today's passage and subject matter. The first has to do with the timing of this subject. For most of us we have or will experience the start of school this week. Education is a very important factor in the life of this community. You may attend public, private, Christian, or home school. A recent survey of adults in our church revealed that of those surveyed 61.8 % were college graduates and of that number 33.4% had attended graduate school.

The second thing that is significant about the message today is to realize the ethical implications of the subject matter. While some NT documents focus primarily on our vertical relationship to God, James focuses primarily on our horizontal relationships to each other. In other words when James talks about the subject of wisdom it is more than a philosophical treatise. He is giving instruction that will enable us to build better relationships to other people. All of us should want to know how to build better relationships to other people.

A Necessary Review:
In 2 Chronicles 1 we read these words; And Solomon went up there before the Lord to the bronze altar which was at the tent of meeting, and o ...

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