This weekend, we will bring our final expository message from James—“Bringing Back the Wandering Brother”—rooted in the final two verses of the book (5:19–20). (I say ‘final expository message’ because we will have a concluding review week on July 3 with testimonies from our leadership and congregation, as well as Q & A with the elders.) But as far as a text-driven message, this coming week is the last one in our current series “Shoe Leather Theology.”
As I prep for this last message, God is prompting me to thank you for, and urge you to give, your attention to doing God’s Word, not just hearing it. That’s been the bottom-line point of this series: Obedience! I’m grateful to God for the privilege to pastor among a people who take seriously the words of our Lord when he commanded us to “make disciples of all nations… teaching them to obey everything I commanded you.” Truly, it’s through obedience that we grow and mature.
So let me ask you—how’s your obedience coming along? How has God convicted you over these past six months? What’s changed since January that has been the result of God’s sanctifying Spirit at work in your life? As I think about these questions as well, I’m reminded that obedience always has roots in God’s Word and God’s Spirit; together they empower what we do. Without both, we’re just going through the motions of pseudo-spirituality in the futile strength of the flesh. So, by all means, stay in the Word and “be being” filled with the Spirit.
The final couplet of verses for this weekend will once again challenge us towards obedience, specifically as it relates to reaching out to others. Let me encourage you to come with your heart wide open for God’s Spirit to use God’s Word to sanctify us even more deeply. In fact, I boldly want to stir you to…
- Make the weekend gathering a priority and adjust your schedule accordingly.
- Read the verses in advance.
- Pray expectantly.
- Arrive early.
- Participate eagerly.
Together, let’s close out this series strong. Let’s gather, hear, and obey. In doing so, we’ll be getting our theology all the way down to our feet. And that’s the kind of church that will make a difference locally and globally — a church committed to making God’s passion our mission!
For the fame of Jesus,