October 22, 2018

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Outer Banks Presbyterian Church

The Rev. Dr. Jody Moore


 

 

September 2018

 

 

The book of James is unique in the New Testament for its no nonsense, practical wisdom.  While many other New Testament texts highlight the importance of faith and belief, James focuses on the requirement for us to live out our faith in action.  James states, “Faith without works is dead.” For James, faith is expressed outwardly, as we treat others with dignity and offer assistance to those in need.  Throughout this sermon series, we will explore a number of practical ways to live out our faith in our daily lives.

 

September 2: James 1:1-5, 17-27: James establishes that God is generous and has offered us many blessings from above.  In response to God’s generosity, we are called to live for a higher purpose. God longs for us not only to hear God’s Word, but to also be doers of God’s will. As Christians, we preach a sermon by how we treat other people and how we live our daily lives.  

 

September 9: James 2:1-10, 14-17: James tells us that “faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.”  James emphasizes the importance of caring for those in need by providing for those who are hungry, thirsty, need clothing, or seek peace in their lives.  As Christians, we are supposed to be compassionate and fight against injustice.

 

September 16: James 3:5-17, 4:7-12: First, we are warned about the importance of being thoughtful about the words we use.  James notes that we need to tame our tongues because we often say things that tear down, instead of lifting up other people and God. Then we hear the importance of drawing near to God, who will then draw near to us.  How do we draw closer to the Lord? James explains that we need to purify our hearts, humble ourselves, and refrain from judging one another.


September 23: James 5:7-20: Worship will be held at Sound Park as we have our third annual “We Went Down to the River to Pray” worship service and picnic. The book of James concludes by noting the centrality of prayer.  No matter what our circumstances, whether we are suffering, cheerful, repentant, or sick, we should pray. God offers wisdom and guidance no matter what we are facing. Prayer centers us in God’s presence and offers us new insights.  

 

 

 

 

 


 
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