Soren Kierkegaard once wrote, “Whenever faith does not issue in love…and dogma, however orthodox, is unrelated to life…whenever Christians are tempted to settle down to a self-centered religion…and become oblivious to the needs of others; or whenever they deny by their manner of living the creeds they profess, and seem more anxious to be friends of the world than friends of God, then the Epistle of James has something to say to them…which they disregard at their peril.” That’s how Kierkegaard introduces the Book of James to his readers.
Beginning Sunday, January 7, we will embark on a study of the letter of James to Christians scattered across the world. It’s a letter that has a lot to say to those who are intentional about moving themselves and others along in the Christian life from engagement to being fully established in Christ. And it’s a natural sequel to our examination of the commands of Christ.
This Sunday is a bit of a “bridge” between our last series, “A Charge to Keep” and our new series, “The Wisdom of James”. Our message is entitled “Second Stage Christians”. Our text is James 1:17-27. While this text will be examined much more carefully in the weeks to come, this week we want to check out three clear pieces of advice James wishes to give to those who are serious about moving toward maturity in the Christian life. Of all the topics to entertain at the end of one year and the beginning of the next, I can’t think of a better one.
See you Sunday!