Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Faith in Action - Part 1: Passionate about Faith in Christ

James 1:1-1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes in the Dispersion."

Pastor Kyle started a new Sunday Sermon series on the Book of James and explained that James, the brother of Jesus had the theme of “Faith in Action”; that what we do equals what we really believe, so the Christian must be passionate about what they do. There was no such thing as a “Sunday Christian”. Honestly, “nominal Christianity” is all over the place these days, but fading. Nominal meaning “being a Christian in name only”, where people say that they are following Christ but live life’s contrary to Scripture. Any time that we choose to live our lives in a way that we know is different then what God’s expects, we are just doing the same thing also.

Despite the historical revisionist’s baseless claims, this nation was founded as a “Christian Nation”. But today, you almost never hear someone ask: “What church do you go to?” It’s not a part of the cultural framework of talk anymore. They’d rather talk abut the latest tend, fade, or event happening. America is in decline spiritually because the nominal Christians are fading, but this leaves the void for real Christians to stand up and take gospel action today in compassionate witnessing and loving ministry; as the church (the body of Christ) living out who and what we believe, trust and follow by faith. To James, the head of  the church in Jerusalem, there was no such thing as a nominal faith where we come to church on Sunday but live a different way the rest of the week, because faith is a public thing; not a private thing. Being a Christian (disciple-student-follower, servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, a child of God, citizen of the kingdom of Heaven, indwelt by the Holy Spirit is not something we do, but who we are in essence and being. Jesus is the sinless Son of God, and by James (being a brother of Jesus) dying for Jesus, gives credibility to Christ’s divine deity, lordship and resurrection. How many would be martyred for their belief in a brother who claimed to be the Son of God, if he wasn’t? That is the ultimate test of true faith. How would we do if we were put to the test of our faith?

Let us continue Pastor Kyle sermon message tomorrow, where we hear how turn trials in life into joyfully rewarding experiences. In Christ, Brian

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