Is there an alternative to the world's value system? Can we take our eyes off personal gain and selfish motives and live for something--Someone--greater than ourselves? The answer, of course, is YES! As Bryan Clark continues to unpack James 3, he encourages us to set our hearts on the transformative wisdom from above--heavenly wisdom.
Bryan Clark challenges listeners to get to the source of what blocks spiritual growth. If we can identify the root of a sinful motive or a nagging struggle, we can hand it over to God, and let Him fix the problem. As Bryan explores James 3, he reminds us that the message of the gospel is a message of "brokenness and humility." As we receive Christ's teachings, we quickly discover that we cannot save ourselves. We need help. "So, in my brokenness and humility," Bryan says, "I cry out for a Savior. I surrender all to Him."
James 3 makes clear what most of us feel: Our words can be so cruel. With our very tongues we can choose to bring hope to others ... or we can choose to destroy them. In this episode of Back to the Bible, Bryan Clark shares a warning from Scripture: "Whatever comes out of our mouths reflects what's in our hearts."
According to James, evidence of saving faith is often revealed through a person's mouth, especially what comes out of it. In this episode of Back to the Bible, Bryan Clark reminds us of a sobering reality: We will be held accountable before God for what we say. Do we share eternal hope with a lost and broken world? Do we build up others with our words? Our words and deeds go hand in hand.
If you died tonight, would you spend eternity with Jesus? Do you have a saving faith? Bryan Clark explores these questions as he unpacks James 2, reminding us that faith that saves us is a faith that works. It's not dead. It's not useless. It will manifest itself in works, in fruit, in evidence.
What is the nature of saving faith? If a believer does more "talking" than "walking," could it be that their faith is stuck--or even worse ... dead? As he continues to unpack James 2, Bryan Clark encourages us to steer clear of empty talk and to begin infusing life into what we believe. How? With action. Bryan points to verse 17 for a clue: "Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."
Bryan Clark challenges Christians to avoid the "sin of partiality"--which means focusing on a person's outer appearance instead of their innate value. "It's rooted to the very core of our culture," Bryan says, "but when it begins to bleed into the church, that's when it's a problem." As he explores James 2, he encourages us to love people the way Jesus does: free from external judgments, valuing people because God values people.
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