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Series: A FAITH THA WORKS (James)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
James 2: 1-9
(A) SERIES .... A FAITH THAT WORKS ....The Book of James .
1- James -- Probably the 1st Book written in the New Testament.
2- The Christian Manual on Maturity .... It tells us how to grow up .... to mature as a Christian.
3- Practical Stuff .... Bottom line: The Christian life has no room for phonies.
I.E. .... You live what you believe.
4- James shows us The Marks of Christian Maturity --
a- Chapter 1 .... The 1st Mark is Your Perseverance .... Whether you're
-- Facing Life's Tests .... Making Decisions .... Handling Life's Pressures .... Developing a Good Attitude .... or Putting God's Word Into Practice.
-- It all involves Persistence .... which is very personal .... involves our relationship with our Lord.
-- That's why James ends the 1st Chapter asking us to evaluate our salvation.
b- Chapter 2 .... James moves to the 2nd Mark of Christian Maturity .... This mark involves our relationship with Other People.
c- The 2nd Mark of Christian Maturity -- Your Practice
-- A mature Christian practices the truth to other people
-- and demonstrates the Personal Interest of the Father for people.
* James is adamant .... one way you reflect your maturity is by how you treat those around you.
* Your relationships with other people .... how you treat others .... how you practice the truth with others .... shows the level of your maturity in the faith.
-- Gandhi .... considered to be the father of modern India and esteemed by many for his practice of nonviolence .... writes in his autobiography that during his days as a student he became truly interested in the Bible.
-- Deeply touched by reading the Gospels, he seriously considered converting to Christianity .... because he saw the message of Jesus as the hope for his people and himself.
-- One Sunday, he went to a nearby ...
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