Sunday Recall (August 2, 2009)

We started a new series entitled Genuine. It’s a study on the book of James.
Series handle: Is Your Faith Real?

Why diamond? There are different facets of a diamond.
– A diamond is a precious stone that is the hardest naturally formed substance made of carbon.
5Cs of a diamond– carat, color, cut, clarity, certification
– Our faith will be tested like a diamond.
-We’ll study the different facets of faith.
Genuine faith will inevitably produce goods deeds.
Have you ever bought a fake product like a fake watch, bag or shoes?
Over a decade ago, I bought a fake Rolex watch in Greenhills. Costs about P1,000. Looks like the original but tarnished after a month. Better to buy an original Timex than a fake Rolex.
Why do people buy fake items?
–        Maybe because they were deceived into buying it.
–        Or maybe they don’t want to pay the price for the original (which is normally more expensive).
Some people can immediately tell what’s real and what’s fake.
A bank teller can easily detect fake bills. Because they are so used to what is real so that when the fake comes along, they can distinguish it from the real ones.
How do we know if a person has genuine faith or not?
We are not to judge others. It is the Word of God judging us.
The standard is the Word of God.
James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
James 1:23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror
James 1:24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.
James 1:25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

THE WORD SAVES
James 1:21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
–        We need the Word to overcome the world’s ways.
–        The Word sanctifies us and sets you apart from the world.
–        When you have no Word, you notice that you are easily tempted.
Rom. 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
–        God’s Word increases our faith.
–        Like vitamin C. The more Word you put in you, the more victory you have over temptation.
Eph. 5:26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,

Psalms 119:9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word.

James 1:22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
–       It is not how much of the Word you know but how much of the Word you do.
–       If you continue living in sin even if you go to church regularly, you are deceiving yourself.
THE WORD GIVES FREEDOM.
James 1:25a But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom,
–        Many people are trapped in a cycle of sin such as drug addiction, gambling (lotto ,casino ,mahjong), pornography (internet or video), immorality (adultery, fornication, homosexuality), drunkenness, greed, lying, stealing (borrowing without returning), laziness and others.
–        And you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.

Psa. 119:45 I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.

THE WORD GIVES BLESSING.
James 1:25b and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.
Josh. 1:8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.
MAINPOINT: FAITH IS PROVEN BY OUR RESPONSE TO THE WORD.

When we spend time reading the bible, we will have an encounter with the Living Word.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
That’s why we need to spend  time with the Word and apply what we have read. Only then can we see change in our lives by the power of the Holy Spirit.
REVELATION + APPLICATION = TRANSFORMATION
As I read the Word, I ask myself the following questions (C.A.P.E.S.):
C- Is there a COMMAND to obey?
A- Is there an ATTITUDE to change?
P- Is there a PROMISE to claim?
E- Is there an EXAMPLE TO FOLLOW?
S- Is there a SIN to confess?
This makes me conscious of what I need to do with the Word that I just read.
More on James next week! See you in our weekend services.

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