To review …
Last week, we kicked things off with our official Bible Quiz-o-rama to help us assess our Bible literacy. Then we analyzed the Bible’s overall plot, boiled it down to one noun (JESUS) and then one verb (LOVE). Then we discussed the Christian’s job description (BELIEVE) and the only thing that matters (FAITH EXPRESSING ITSELF THROUGH LOVE).
This week, we took a deeeeep dive into what the Bible says about the Bible and then what Jesus says about the Bible.
Today, we end with a call to action. Here it is in one little word:
I love reading. I can sit with a book for hours and easily forget the world around me.
Getting up off the couch and actually doing something? Well, sometimes that’s a different story.
The Bible instructs us to get up off our collective duffs and DO what God says. Jesus said:
Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. (Matthew 7:24-25)
Here’s how Jesus’ brother James put it:
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (James 2:14-17)
Or as James said elsewhere:
Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (James 1:22)
We’re saved by grace through faith. But our actions demonstrate whether we truly believe or not.
True faith goes deeper than merely thinking the right things. We should DO the right things.
The bottom line …
DO WHAT GOD SAYS
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