Join us Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM as we study God’s word together.
Our current sermon series is titled “Practical Christianity” and is a study of the epistle of James.
Even a cursory reading of this brief document will reveal its persistent emphasis upon the practical aspects of religion. It stresses Christianity primarily as moral behaviour, underscoring obedience as intrinsic to saving faith.
James is an intensely practical book. The author leaves us in no doubt as to the kind of obedience that is expected from his readers, and there are few who could read the book without heartfelt conviction.
Herbert F. Stevenson writes of James, “His theme is conduct rather than creed.” Gordon J. Keddie notes, “There is an ethical crispness to James that places the issues relentlessly in the foreground of the mind; James gives a definitive prescription for truly practical Christianity.” Again, Keddie adds that James “is a manual for practical godliness.” John MacArthur observes that “James has been compared to … Proverbs because of its direct, pungent statements on wise living.” Warren Wiersbe gives an interesting statistic: “There are over 50 imperatives in this epistle; James did not suggest, he commanded.” And Derek Tidball summarised it wonderfully: “Here is theology in working man’s clothes.”
As we sit under the exposition of this book, may we learn to “be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” (1:19), and may we not merely be hearers of the word but also doers. If this is the result then our time will have proved to have been well worth the investment.