Date

June 20 - 26, 2021

Location

West Franklin
700 New Highway 96 W
Franklin, TN 37064 United States

Sunday June 20, 2021 | Doers of the World

Jesus said, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word” (John 14:23). James reminded believers to be doers of the word. Jesus rescues us from sin and frees us to live a life that honors God. By doing what is good and right, people who trust Jesus can show that they really believe in Him.

  • Bible Passage: James 1–2
  • Story Point: James said that faith without works is useless.
  • Key Passage: Romans 12:5
  • Big Picture Question: What is the church? The church is all Christians everywhere, who gather together in their communities to worship and serve God.

James was a leader in the Jerusalem church. He wrote a letter to the Jewish believers who had moved to many different places. He told them the way believers should live.

James explained that talking about God and the church is not enough. We have to do what God says. James wrote, “Be doers of the word. If you hear the word but don’t do it, you fool yourselves. Anyone who is a hearer but not a doer is like someone who looks at himself in a mirror, goes away, and forgets right away what he looked like.” God’s Word shows us the truth about ourselves. Anyone who hears and does the Word will be blessed.

James explained that people who really love God will show care to people too. God is honored when believers show their faith with actions. One way to do this is by helping orphans and widows—people who are who have no one to take care of them.

We show love in what we say and do. James also wrote, “What good is it if someone says he has faith but does not do what is good and right? If someone is cold and hungry and you say to him, ‘Go in peace, stay warm, and be well fed,’ but you don’t give him clothes or food, what good is it?” James said that in the same way, faith without works is useless.

Anyone can say that he has faith, but true faith is proven by good works. James reminded the believers that Abraham showed his faith when he obeyed God and got ready to sacrifice his son Isaac. Rahab showed her faith by risking her life to hide the spies in Jericho.

God does not accept people because they do what is good and right; He accepts people who have true faith in Jesus. We can see that true faith when someone does what is good and right. Faith comes first, and then doing what is good and right comes next.

Christ Connection

Jesus said, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word” (John 14:23). James reminded believers to be doers of the word. Jesus rescues us from sin and frees us to live a life that honors God. By doing what is good and right, people who trust Jesus can show that they really believe in Him.

Family Starting Points

  • James said that faith without works is useless.
  • What is the church? The church is all Christians everywhere, who gather together in their communities to worship and serve God.

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