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"Epilogue”

Based on James 5

 

Sometimes at the end of a play, an actor will come out to the center of the stage and give a short speech – usually about what the audience has seen and, with a careful script, leaves you with something to ponder.

What would a church look like, if that church was made up of people who lived by faith, and not by requiring everyone to agree with their belif system.  What if that church felt it was more important to imitate God?

If we live as though we have been “Divinely persuaded”, then we will be the church that does not sleep like Laodicea.  Rather, we will be the church of Philadelphia  that truly loves his brothers and sisters!

What a church that would be!



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"Epilogue"
October 27, 2012

"Epilogue"

Based on James 5.


Sometimes at the end of a play, an actor will come out to the center of the stage and give a short speech – usually about what the audience has seen and, with a careful script, leaves you with something to ponder.

In the book of James, the writer has talked to us about “Faith”.  He has carefully shown us what our faith looks like.  He has been very direct in telling us what our faith should  look like.  He has helped us understand that real faith has real and meaningful action.  This meaningful action is the fruit that demonstrates and proves to all whether or not our faith is real!

“Be patient”(James 5:7 NLT), James says to us!  You can’t manufacture your faith.  It comes as a gift, from God, to be used in your life to teach you that you need HIM.  Faith does not save you.  It only shows you of your need for a Father, who CAN save you.  He divinely persuades those who love Him, to be follower of The Way.  The results of following Jesus, “leads us to be pure, friendly, gentle, sensible, kind, helpful, genuine, and sincere. When peacemakers plant seeds of peace, they will harvest justice.(James 3:17-18  NLT)

Finally, James tells us what a real church looks like.  People who not only have the courage to confess to one another, but a body of believers who do not judge, a body that prays for one another to be healed.  Not only from sickness, but also from sin!  What would our church look like if we prayed for our innocence to be restored.  Jesus said it best, “…they will know you belong to me, when they see how you demonstrate your love for each other!(John 13:35 GAB)

The real epilogue to James 5 is this:  “My friends, if any followers have wandered away from the truth, you should try to lead them back.”  He finishes this thought with, “If you turn sinners from the wrong way, you will save them from death, and many of their sins will be forgiven.”  (James 5:19-:20)

This begs us as true followers to be forgiving ourselves, of others, and their transgressions, and to live as representatives of Jesus.  Remember the old saying that spawned bracelets, and bumper stickers: “WWJD?” – “What Would Jesus Do?”  James tell me this: in order for me to know the answer to that question, I need to get to know Jesus!   Our only job is to follow Jesus, not judging others.  “…your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you.” (James 4:11 NLT)

If we live as though we have been “Divinely persuaded”, then we will be the church that does not sleep like Laodicea.  Rather, we will be the church of Philadelphia  that truly loves his brothers and sisters!

What a church that would be!