This sermon is part of the sermon series "Txt Msg". See series.
Today we're going to be looking at the Book of James—incredibly practical and poignant letter for the spiritual life. This is the final sermon in our series entitled "Txt Msg: What We Believe About the Bible," and the intention of this series has been to give us a greater appreciation and confidence in God's Word together. All of the topics we've studied so far—inspiration, canonization, illumination, and meditation—have been leading us to the logical outcome of application. If you understand how the Bible came from God, how it was assembled by men and translated so that the common person can read it, how the Holy Spirit takes it and puts it in our hearts, and how we carry it around in our hearts, but you do nothing with it, then all of those other things are really irrelevant. They don't make any difference to life. They have informed us, but they really haven't done anything to transform us. It is important that we understand how God's Word now applies to life, and that's what our passage wants to lead us today. James 1:22-25 says:
Do not merely listen to the Word and so deceive yourselves; do what it says. Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in the mirror and after looking at himself he goes away and he immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard but doing it, he will be blessed in what he does.
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