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    The Law of Love - James 2:1-13

    Originally preached on October – November 2010

    How easy is it for the Christian to get tangled up in the trappings of racism, classism, and culturalism? In his no-nonsense approach, the Apostle James challenges the believer to put away partiality–to stop giving in to cultural pigeonholing on the basis of status, brand names, job titles, salaries, and skin color. Frankly, these are the attitudes by which the world does business. But as far as James is concerned, none of it belongs in the church . . . or in the heart of the Christian.

    Scripture References

    • James 2:1 - 7
    • James 2:8 - 13
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    Bringing Faith Down to Earth - James 1:1-27

    Originally preached on September – October 2010

    What the Reformer Martin Luther considered a "right strawy epistle" (without substance—like something made of straw) is actually one of the most challenging letters in the New Testament. Written by the half-brother of Jesus, the Apostle James pulls no punches as he challenges the believer to practice what he preaches. James writes with gut-level reality—and here’s why: while many of the New Testament epistles deliver what we are to believe, James declares how we should behave. In these six full-length messages, Stephen expounds on the truths of James 1 and introduces us to the theme of this powerful letter: we need to bring our faith down to earth!

    Scripture References

    • James 1:1
    • James 1:13 - 18
    • James 1:19 - 21
    • James 1:2 - 12
    • James 1:22 - 25
    • James 1:26 - 27