C.S. Lewis said, “Do not be scared by the word authority. Believing things on authority only means believing them because you have been told them by someone you think trustworthy.”
Here are the notes from the sermon last Sunday:
The text for this sermon comes from James 1:22-25. The title of this sermon is: Hearers and Doers.
There is a point of tension between a parent and child and it usually occurs when the parent tells the child to do something. For example: a parent may tell the child to clean their room. The child goes to their room and when the parent goes to check on the child, the parent notices that not one toy has been put away.
What has happened is that the child would rather play than clean up. The action is defiance. Willful disobedience. Now the child may not be thinking about defiance but his actions speak volumes. What makes the child do this?
It is not that the child does not love his parents. In fact, it does not matter how often the child hugs his parents or tells them that he loves them, it does not change the fact that deep inside the child, defiance remains. There is sin in the heart of the child.
The child hears what he is supposed to do but does not do it. This is a sign of immaturity. This does not mean that you stop loving your child. It means that you have to be more intentional with helping your child grow. You also pray earnestly that God would save your child’s soul.
This is a very real example of what happens in church every Sunday.
When the Bible is preached faithfully, the Holy Spirit is already working in the lives of the hearers. He convicts of sin, He compels us to repentance, He commands us to obedience, and He demands a response.
Every time you hear the Bible, you give a response.
One of two things happen. Either you surrender to what you have heard and decide to obey the Scripture, or you determine to not obey. This happens every week.
Hearing the word without action results in self deception.
The key to this text is verse 22. We are to be doers of the word and not hearers only. The only proper response to the Word of God – the entirety of Scripture is to allow it to cut your soul and to take root.
Jesus tells us a story, a parable of four types of dirt. A parable is a story that is told to teach something important. I encourage you to read this parable in Luke 8:4-15
The four types of dirt is:
- Shallow – the seed has nowhere to go, the birds eat it and people walk on it
- Rock – the seed cannot get proper nutrients here and what little it grows, withers and dies
- Thorns – As the seed grows, so do the thorns and the thorns choke the life out of the fruit that the seed is trying to produce
- Good – the best soil. The seed thrives in this soil and will bear much fruit
I pray that you all are good soil but ultimately you have to decide what kind of soil you are.
Vs 23-24 How sad is it that a dude would get out of bed, go look at himself in the mirror and is made aware that he needs to do something about it but he leaves and does nothing?
This is an example of a fool.
This verse demonstrates the folly or stupidity of hearing the Word, the Holy Spirit brings up some sin or something else to your mind, you are made very aware that something is wrong. There is something in you that is preventing you or blocking you from being conformed in the image of Jesus and then you do nothing about it.
When you know that something is wrong, when the Holy Spirit has brought it to your attention, made you aware – the right thing to do is to do something about it.
Here is our encouragement:
Vs 25 We want to look into the perfect law of liberty. We saw earlier in chapter 1 that trials are the road to maturity. Obedience is the car. Why is James talking about the law of liberty. Obedience leads to freedom. Jesus came and fulfilled the law. We obey the law when we follow what Jesus said, “Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.”
Obedience to Jesus will lead to perseverance. We are called to steadfastness. Obedience to Jesus will help us persevere, endure, and remain steadfast. We are not called to be a hearer who forgets but a doer who acts.
A doer who acts will be blessed in their doing. Doing = obedience. Obedience to Jesus = blessing.
We do not get to choose how God will bless us. I believe that God will open doors and opportunities for you to share your story and the gospel. He will give you influence as you pour your life into the lives of others. As you walk in obedience, you will have a measurable track record. You will be able to look back and look at where you are now and see the progression.
We want to be more like Jesus. We want to be obedient. We want to progress in sanctification.
Do not be a hearer only.
Be a doer who acts by walking in obedience to Jesus.
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