The Word

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.

CONTEXT

  • 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.

CONTENT

  • 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.

CONCEPT

  • 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.
Travis Agnew is a Christian, husband, father, pastor, author, blogger, and religion instructor.