Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Case for Practical Christianity...[164]

For these few weeks or maybe months, we will look into the book of James. I do not write this myself but I'll present it in a more interesting manner just so that most of you won't fall asleep while reading it... :o)

The book of James is not great doctrinal treatise but it explains how we should live in a manner pleasing to God. The purpose of the book of James wasn't written for the purpose of establishing the doctrines of the faith, it isn't even a defense of the truth. It is simply a practical book that assumes you already know the basics of the faith; its intention is to drive home the importance of living out the truth, about maintaining a faithful practice of the Christian faith, a personal letter by James of exhortation and encouragement.

If you say you believe, why do you act like you don't?

Who is James?

James, a servant of God and the Lord Jesus Christ...
[James 1:1]

James' salt mine of Christian character traits:
  • PURITY - Its whiteness is associated with purity. Likewise, the Christian life is to be an example of purity.
  • PRESERVATION - It was used as a preservation to keep food from going bad. In the same way, the Christian's influence should protect against moral corruption.
  • FLAVOUR - The most obvious quality of salt was that it lent flavour to bland foods - the way Christian are to add spice to a spiritually bland world.
When STRETCHED faith doesn't break; it produces genuine STABILITY.
When PRESSED faith doesn't fail; it produces genuine LOVE.
When EXPRESSED faith doesn't explode; it produces genuine CONTROL and STABILITY.
When DISTRESSED faith doesn't panic; it produces genuine PATIENCE.
~ Real faith produces genuine work ~

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