Doers of the Word (James 1:22-25)
Learning biblical information does not guarantee biblical transformation. We must learn how to apply the Word of God into our lives.
- The early Church spread rapidly through the power of the gospel.
- The apostles wrote letters to clarify doctrine and practice to the growing Church.
- James, the brother of Jesus and leader of the Jerusalem Church, wrote his letter emphasizing how right doctrine leads to right duty.
- Hearing God’s Word should lead to obeying God’s Word.
- Our churches can be filled with auditors – attendees who come for information but not application.
- Failing to obey Scripture doesn’t deceive others – it only deceives yourself.
- If you only look at yourself, you forget the image that you are supposed to bear.
- God’s Word provides the blueprint for how are lives are supposed to look.
- The commandments of God are not enslaving but liberating.
- Information will be forgotten, but transformation will be lasting.
- There is freedom and blessing to be found in obedience.
- Salvation is the only thing powerful enough to produce an increasing level of obedience.
- You will not experience transformation by mere information.
- Stop merely learning the Word and start living the Word.