Welcoming The Word by James Merritt

JAMES 1:-19 -25
WELCOMING THE WORD
JAMES MERRITT

INTRODUCTION

1. PRESIDENT REAGAN DESIGNATED 1983 "THE YEAR
OF THE BIBLE." THE BIBLE AS WE ALL KNOW HAS
OUTSOLD MORE BOOKS THAN ANY OTHER BOOK IN HISTORY
AND IT IS NOW SELLING AT A RATE OF 20 MILLION
COPIES A YEAR IN THE UNITED STATES. IT IS CURRENT-
LY BEING TRANSLATED INTO 600 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
RIGHT NOW. AND SINCE THE TURN OF THE CENTURY
HERE HAVE BEEN 78 DIFFERENT TRANSLATIONS IN
ENGLISH ALONE. RECENT SURVEYS SHOW THAT VIRTUALLY,
EVERY AMERICAN HOME INCLUDES A BIBLE. IN FACT,
THE AVERAGE AMERICAN HOME HAS 4 BIBLES.

2. A RECENT GALLUP POLL DETERMINED THAT 72% OF
ALL AMERICANS BELIEVE THAT THE BIBLE IS THE WORD
OF GOD; AND, THAT 75% READ THE BIBLE AT LEAST
OCCASIONALLY. NOW WITH ALL OF THESE STATISTICS
AND DATA YOU WOULD THINK THAT THE WORD OF GOD IS
CERTAINLY WELCOME IN AMERICA AND WELCOME IN THE
CHURCH BUT NOT SO. THE SAME GALLUP POLL THAT
FOUND THAT 72% OF AMERICANS BELIEVE THE BIBLE
TO BE THE WORD OF GOD ALSO FOUND THAT ONLY 12%
OF ALL AMERICANS READ THE BIBLE ONCE OR MORE
DAILY. IN FACT ONLY 18% OF ALL PROTESTANTS
READ THE BIBLE AT LEAST ONCE A DAY AND 41% OF
ALL PROTESTANTS READ THE BIBLE LESS THAN ONCE A
MONTH.

3. JAMES TELLS US IN THIS PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE
AN VERSE 21 THAT WE ARE TO RECEIVE THE IMPLANTED
WORD. THE WORD TO RECEIVE THERE LITERALLY MEANS
TO WELCOME WITH GLADNESS OR TO RECEIVE GLADLY.
AND SO HE SAYS WE ARE TO WELCOME THE WORD OF GOD.
AND THEN HE GIVES US 3 TESTS, BY WHICH WE CAN
DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT WE ARE TRULY WELCOMING
THE WORD OF GOD INTO OUR-HOMES AND INTO OUR
HEARTS. THERE ARE MANY OF US TONIGHT WHO BELIEVE
THAT THE WORD OF GOD IS CERTAINLY A WELCOME GUEST -
2
TO US WHEN INDEED IT IS TRULY AN UNWELCOME
INTRUDER, FOR MANY CHURCHGOERS THE BIBLE
INSTEAD OF BEING A WAY TO LIVE GETS IN THE
WAY OF LIVING.

I. A PROPER RECEPTION OF THE WORD - VERSE 21

A. HOLINESS

1. IF YOU WERE TO FIND OUT TONIGHT THAT
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED ...


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