Sermon for September 27th, 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 3: Obeys Are you an active listener? Do you take notes on every message? Do you do what God’s Word says to do? We pride ourselves in listening intently but do we take it the next step and actually do what it says? James does not want his listener to merely hear what he has to say, he said by that we deceive ourselves. James writes, “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.” Why do we hear God’s Word but continue living lives of deceit, sin and selfishness? Hearing doesn’t guarantee understanding. When we understand it shows in our actions. Let’s not merely be hearers but doers of the Word. Listen to the message today and be challenged by God’s Word.