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Three Keys to Spiritual Maturity (26 of 37)
Series: Authentic Christian Living
Let's open to the first New Testament book written, James. Don't go to Matthew go to James. We are looking at-and I was thinking should I divert from James and go to a message on Christmas and I thought wait a minute. What would be more applicable than to look at the message of Jesus Christ of Christmas, the first time it was mentioned? Remember this is the first book written to the Church. This predates the Gospels. Now the events of the Gospels took place in the life of Christ but the first book after Jesus suffered, bled and died, and rose was this book. This is the first one. And what's amazing is this book quotes from Christ's ministry extensively. In fact before the Gospels were written James is quoting from Christ's ministry because James was His earthly brother and James quotes from His Sermon on the Mount and from His various ministry passages that He spoke and he pulls them together into this book.
Now I want to read to you starting in verse 19 and stop in 22 and then we will continue the rest. But I want to share with you what James distilled down from the life of Christ. Jesus came as we sang about this morning, promised of God, heralded by the angels. So few noticed it. But why did He come? Well look at verse 19- this you know my beloved brethren-and this is based on verse 18-our salvation--- this you know those of you who as verse 18 said have been gloriously born again-let everyone have a change in their life and he starts getting real specific. And before I read this I want you to know that I didn't plan this, this is what James said. James--- it's like he is in the back seat of our car on the way over-or especially during the week shopping and everything else-as if with all the family pressures he is listening. Look at what he said:
19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; 20for ...
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