by John Barnett

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II. A Servant of God (2 of 37)
Series: Authentic Christian Living
John Barnett
James 1

Let's open to the book of James. We are going to look at the second word this morning. My children said where are we going this morning? I said to the second word. They said what's that? Well, ''a''-James, a- but actually it's the third word, too- servant of God. Look at James 1- I am going to read the first verse as an introduction this morning as we look at James the servant of God.

James 1:1 James, a servant (or bondservant) of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes, which are scattered abroad, greeting. (KJV)

We are going to come back and look at the 12 tribes dispersed abroad- that's another whole topic. This morning James, we saw last week, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ- that he had lived with here on earth. Now you say wait a minute I didn't know Mary and Joseph had any other children. Where is that? Look at Mark chapter 6. I want to show you a verse that's amazing because I was reading a lot of the early church fathers. The whole concept of the perpetual virginity of Mary was a growing thing that really didn't start growing until about the 4th or 5th centuries after Christ. But when they were debating it in the ancient church and this group that wanted to make Mary sinless and all this- they really had trouble with verse 3 of Mark 6. I want to show you why because this is Mark recording Peter's word. Remember its Peter who is giving us the Gospel of Mark. Mark didn't travel with Jesus- Peter did but Mark wrote these words down for Peter. When he wrote these words in verse 3 it says that he is quoting the people. This is kind of like a sampling of the comments of the people.

You know if something happens in our town and the reporters go out and you get the local people's opinions- usually they don't speak in spec_____ (I didn't understand this word) they just talk about their observance of the situation and what their impress ...

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