Sermon for October 4th, 2020 James: A Practical Picture of Faith From the first to the last verse of the book of James, God gives us one of the most practical pictures of the Christian faith in the entire Bible. Written to a people who were scattered and suffering, James envisions communities of faith caring, providing, and praying for one another as they show what the life of Christ looks like in action. Possibly more than any other New Testament book, this letter from James lifts our lives far above the superficial religious formalities we are so prone to settle for and sets our sights on active, authentic faith that makes a difference in the needs of the world around us. Week 4: Loves What is true religion? Religion is not the hoops or rituals that we go through that have no purpose. Marks of true and acceptable religion: controlled speech, sacrificial care, and clear separation from the ways of the world. Faith always expresses itself through love. We, the Body of Christ, are a reflection of the mercy of Christ do we show it? Where have we held discrimination in our heart? James gives practical details on discrimination. We have been saved through Christ we boast only in what he has done for us. It’s a love that should not end with us but flow through us. Listen to the message today and be challenged by God’s Word.