by Rick White

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Operation Rescue (14 of 14)
Series: Real World Faith for Real World People
Rick White
James 5:19-20

My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth, and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death, and will cover a multitude of sins.

Introduction: One of the great old hymns of our faith is Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. It is a classic standard within the church. The author of the hymn was a man by the name of Robert Robinson. Very few people know much about the life of Robinson. He was a man who after writing this glorious hymn strayed from the truth. The words from the third stanza of his hymn became a reality;

O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it;
Seal it for Thy courts above.

Today in the closing verses of James 5 we receive our instructions for dealing and responding to those who have strayed from the truth. Do you ever consider the spiritual climate of our own church or denomination? We have a membership of over 3000 but on any given Sunday no more than 50% will be present. Certainly we must take into account work schedules, health concerns, travel opportunities, etc. However the truth is that many have not been present in years. There has been no outward sign of spiritual vitality. How should we respond to those friends?

1. To whom is the counsel addressed? It may appear to some that James is addressing the need of winning the lost to Christ. However, the words brethren and among you indicate that he is addressing people who are believers.

2. What has occurred that has caused James to write these words? It is very probable that someone in the fellowship has strayed from the truth. The word strays in ...

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