We live in a toxic culture that is, unfortunately, even found in the church. This type of culture chooses profit over people and protects institutions over those suffering. Although these values are acceptable to the world’s standards, God has a different standard.
The Bible shows us what God wants us to put as priorities as we live our lives and inter-act with others. When we follow his teachings, we can create good and healthy culture in our church and communities. Instead of giving into temptation to be selfish, we resist with God’s help. Instead of using people to get what we want, we put people first. Instead of just saying we believe, we live out our faith with integrity. Instead of using our mouths to shut people up, we use our ears to listen to their hurting. Instead of using power to control others, we humble ourselves.
In this series, we’ll dig into the book of James to figure out what God values and wants for us to prioritize as we live in the world.
February 21, 2021: Resist Temptation
Temptation looks different for everyone. But it seems like, no matter where you turn, you can be tempted by something that has been normalized by our culture and appeal to our sinful hearts. Whether it’s food, images, people, or something else, there are tons of things that can pull us far away from what God wants for our lives. It’s easy to slide from temptation into sin, but you can resist with the help of God.
Sermon Text: James 1:13-18
February 28, 2021: Put People First
We often judge a person based on their appearance. But appearances are deceiving. The world may have taught us to look at and treat people a certain way based on their appearance or social status, but God teaches us to treat all people with mercy, loving all our neighbors as ourselves.
Sermon Text: James 2:1-13
March 7, 2021: Live Your Faith
We do not have to do anything to earn God’s grace. But that doesn’t mean we don’t do good in the world around us. God teaches us that “faith without deeds is dead”. In other words, God wants us to serve and care for others as a reflection of His love in our com-munities.
Sermon Text: James 2:14-26
March 14, 2021: Listen to Learn
In our culture, we’re taught to speak our minds, and those who speak loudest and often are heard. But God has a different view. God’s Word teaches us how powerful our words can be. Instead of speaking everything that comes to mind, Christians are encouraged to “tame our tongues” and listen first.
Sermon Text: James 3:1-12
March 21, 2021: Humble Yourself
Wisdom and knowledge are often confused. Knowledge is readily available and just a click away. Wisdom, however, is knowing how to use that knowledge and recognizing the source behind it. God teaches us in his Word to use the wisdom of Heaven to humble ourselves and recognize our need for Jesus.
Sermon Text: James 3:13-18