Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Truth: Bible Study on the Book of James

Truth:  Bible Study on the Book of James
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*The following are my Bible study notes taken from my pastor's sermon titled, "Truth:  Bible Study on the Book of James."

Scripture Passage:  James 1:19-27

Truth:  Bible Study on the Book of James

Truth and information are not the same thing.  Too much information can sometimes cloud the truth.  We need truth in revelation.

I want to be a receiver of truth.  James 1:19-21
This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. – James 1:19-21
The same seed can yield different types of crops, depending on the care of nurture of the seeds.

Some people hear the truth and their lives change.  For some, nothing really changes for them.  We need to be receivers of truth.

How do we properly receive truth?

a.  Clearly listen.

b.  Be calm.  We don’t listen well when there is tension and anger.
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. – Ephesians 4:31
Be kind to one another.
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c.  Be clean.  We know that some things in our lives are dirty and sinful.  Those things will prevent us from hearing the Word of God.  
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9
d.  Be compliant.  Ask God to talk to your heart.  Listen.

When God tells you to do something, do it.

I want to be a doer of the truth.  James 1:22-27
But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;  for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.  But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.

If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. – James 1:22-27
a.  I will see and do.  We need the Word of God to show us things so we can see.
But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? – 1 John 3:17
b.  I will have self control.  Control your speech.

c.  I will have spiritual compassion.  Always point people to Jesus and the Gospel.

d.  I will be pure from spiritual corruption.

The Bible will keep you from sin or sin will keep you from the Bible.

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