2. Thus we see that our own best, our immortal interests, are inseparably connected with those duties of sympathy and charity which we owe to our less fortunate brethren. It continues with a song, "Nearer, my God, to Thee!" Does It Pay to Visit Vermin? He is even more obscure b. 1. Humanitarianism has nothing it does not borrow from religion. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and … James, the brother of our Lord a. SERMON TITLE: Tune In, Tone Down and Sweeten Up SERMON REFERENCE: James 1:19-20 LWF SERMON NUMBER: #0511 We are grateful for the opportunity to provide this outline produced from a sermon preached by Adrian Rogers while serving as pastor of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Stop, now, just there. Some insist on a scheme of mere philanthropy and benevolence. Again, if St. James be canonical and authentic, if this be true religion, then it will make up an answer sufficient to stop the mouth of those of the Romish party who are very busy to demand at our hands a catalogue of fundamentals, and where our Church was before the days of Reformation. A poor widow is not unfrequintly like a queen dowager forsaken by the sycophant courtiers that formerly sunned themselves in the beams of her glory. "To know this, is to know all we need to know." III. 3. If this be religion, how very wrong we all are in the standard and criterion we often apply in our judgment of others. Men of humanity, without religion, may, no doubt, do good by the direct influence of their liberality on the temporal comfort and well-being of others. "Unspotted from the world." We cannot converse with them but they leave their filthiness upon us. 3. Observe, brethren, to visit. The connection of such love with those emotions towards God in which religion more immediately consists is best expounded in 1 John 4:16, 20. — KJV. It may be doubted, therefore, what kind and what particular motive even of beneficence is enough to satisfy the question before us. Each and every writer of a book in the Bible, be it a letter, or one of the gospels, a historical Motives of duty implies duties to be performed. AMEN. Christ, when on earth, "went about doing good;" and every Christian is an imitator of Christ. "Pure religion and undefiled." On the one side is God, the sovereign Creator and Ruler of all things, holy in all His works and righteous in all His ways, most justly demanding the worship and service of men formed originally in His own image and sustained continually by His bounteous care. 3. 5. Sermons, book reviews and randomness from the Reverend Garibaldi McFlurry. Tuesday, March 09, 2010. John Piper Jan 18, 2004 95 Shares Article. When I ask somewhat more minutely into the method which Christ uses to keep His servants free from the world's corruption, I seem to come to something like this, which seems, like so much besides in the gospel, at first surprising, and then sublimely natural and reasonable, that it is by a Christlike dedication to the world that Christ really saves us from the world. In this sacred book God and the world are invariably set in opposition to each other; as masters of opposite characters and opposite requirements, whose services can never be reconciled. There is constant friction between the flesh and the Holy Spirit that dwells in the hearts of those who have accepted Christ as personal Savior. Vs. 22 – There are many samplers of sermons in our churches, but there are few doers. "Now are our Olympics, now is the great trial" to be made "before God and the Father." 8 Gary L. Card, "The Relationship of the Epistle of James to the Sermon on the Mount" (unpublished Master's thesis, Dallas Theological Seminary, 1965), P. 36. Christian charity must not be less pure than generous; though she is in the world, she must not be of the world; though she blesses the earth with her presence, her origin is from heaven, and she must never forget the high and holy motives by which she is to be actuated. Why did you come to church this morning? How prone we all are to sin with our lips! Where every effort of labour and science and art is directed with such intense energy to the main end of multiplying and accumulating wealth, it requires a more than ordinary measure of watchfulness and prayer — of the generous, and effusive, and constraining influence of the love of Christ shed abroad in the heart, to keep it untainted by the contracting and indurating spirit of covetousness and grasping selfishness. 3. Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.. 2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;. The vanity and inefficacy of all such religious exercises, without charity, is most frequently asserted in Holy Scripture (Isaiah 1:11, 12, 17, 18; Isaiah 58:6, 7, 9). If you have a friend who is dishonest or impure, the surest way to save yourself from him is to try to save him. I. "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.". tits tender mercies are over all His works. It begins with a sigh, "Oh, I wish I could be good!" 1600 N 19th St Ozark, MO 65721 | (417) 581-5433 © 2020 James River Church | Privacy Policy | Privacy Policy The names of charity schools and charity children have passed into terms of reproach. It is its own no longer. All our public worship is "vain" if no hearts are made happier, and no firesides warmer, because of it. If such people knew there was a verse like ours in the Bible, they would flaunt it as the very motto on their banner — till they learned what it meant. Now, I may speak to some one here who has drifted, or who thinks he has drifted, away from Christianity. Helen Keller was born blind and deaf. The Christian reasons, "If God so loved us, we ought also to love one another." He is the most likely candidate for the author of this epistle b. James 1:27 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] James 1:27, NIV: "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." We are not servants, but have received the adoption of sons. Like the sunbeam, she must illumine the darkest recesses of ignorance and vice without being contaminated by the contact; she must warm the desolate abodes of poverty without kindling into pride and self-righteousness; she must dispense her blessings with an open hand, and yet ascribe all the glory to that Father of lights, from whom cometh down every good and perfect gift; she must be willing, as occasion requires and her strength allows, to mingle in scenes from which the eye of taste and the sensibilities of worldly refinement, which have net been trained in the discipline of Christian humility and self-denial, would recoil; and yet she must be "as the wings of a dove, which are covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold." 2. It sufficiently appears that the whole of Christian duty is not comprised in a system of opinions, nor in the mere observance of external ceremonies. But it feels no sense of sin, and confesses none; so it generally rejects need of an atonement. You can tell that easily from his letter. (Ver. Success in all its enterprises would be secured better the moment the soul of the worker puts on Christ as a penitent believer. Shall I run away from it?" Once more, does not the text give us an idea of a comprehensive, wide-spread Catholic Church? Hence their most earnest desires are that they may be holy, even as God is holy; that they may be preserved "blameless and harmless, the sons of God without rebuke, in the midst of a perverse and crooked generation." "To be kept," therefore, "from the world," and "not to be of the world," are expressions which denote an entire renunciation of all that belongs to its spirit and its relation to God — purity, that is, from its sins. 2. "A doer that worketh" (ver. In one of my earlier sermons in this series I mentioned that James often quotes Jesus (sermon on James 1:9-11), that he has a large number of parallels to or with the sayings of Jesus. Oh, how much that means! How hard it is for any one to do that. III. It is an example/metaphor to highlight the need for us to abandon our self-centered bent toward the flesh and intentionally seek out those who are less fortunate. 9. II. And it can find nothing. 4. "What return shall we make unto the Lord for all His benefits?" Religious beneficence expresses itself in personal effort and sacrifice. James shows us at least 3 ways that a good sermon sampler is a doer of the word: The best sermon samplers take what they have heard and reproduce it in their lives. 1. Should, therefore, a person who has been for many years a member of a Christian Church indulge always, without restraint, in evil-speaking; should he be in the habit of soiling his tongue with impure, or malicious, or false, or foolish words; what other conclusion can be drawn about his character than just that he is not a true Christian? Nay, to alter the illustration a little, would not your presence, if you were really radiant with the purity of the better life you came from, exalt and help some poor creature there with the knowledge of the existence and the possibility of better things? The method of bestowing help is all found in one word of the text, "visit." Does your sympathy for the distressed spring only from natural feeling? Usually when we meet someone for the first time we decide some things about that person. That we are members each of each other, and all members of one body; might it not move us to mutual succour? The Apostle Paul had quite a battle on his hands when he took the Gospel to the Gentiles. Read Is. Full of profoundest gratitude the soul looks round to see what it can give to the Saviour in token of its feeling of His love. If this should take place amongst the sons of men, we should have more religion and less noise. Do the ask what truths are fundamental? They put the Word of God into shoe leather! "A true religious man is always himself." I hold up to him this idea of religion, "pure and undefiled." The expression may be interpreted as including the whole of Christian purity of character. And then all must be emphasised and condensed into the world's tragedy. a most earnest and especial manner require and press the performance of (1 Timothy 1:5: 1 Corinthians 13:13; 1 Peter 4:8; Hebrews 13:16; Luke 3:8; Matthew 5:7; James 2:13; 1 Timothy 6:17-19). I. "Pure religion, and undefiled before God and the Father, is this." 9. A Scholar and a Sick Woman. To anticipate this difficulty, the apostle lays hold of one of its most real and impressive practical displays. Wie kommt es, Maecenas, dass niemand mit dem Schicksal, das ihm Zufall oder Verstand zugespielt hat, zufrieden lebt, sondern die lobt, die anderes verfolgen? He feels now with Christ's feeling, and corruption drops away from him as it drops away from Christ. A holy life and a bounteous heart are ornaments to the gospel. And the answer comes as unmistakable as if a voice spoke out of the opened sky, "No; go up close to this world, and help it; feel for its wickedness; pity it; sacrifice yourself or it; so shall you be safest from its infection; so shall you be surest not to sacrifice yourself to it." Sermons From James 3. a. Sermons from James Three Signs Your Religion is Real (James 1:26-27) The Sixth Law: There is No Growth Without Struggle (James 1:2-4) What Was That I Never Heard You Say? It is polluting; it is infectious. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and … A lonely mother, with fatherless children, is not only a living appeal for assistance and succour, but a thorough and exhaustive type, by which to teach the lesson that a true man's piety must be tested by the care he accepts for others. 1. Could this religion, could the gospel of Christ prevail; could we "deny ourselves and take up the cross," and "keep ourselves unspotted from the world," there would be then no "wars, nor rumours of wars." Absolutely not, but what James appears to be pointing to in this example is the importance of being selfless and self-controlled. He must, in every department of his walk and conversation, seek to make it to all apparent that, although in the world, he is not of the world. FAITH WORKS #8, FIRST THREE POINTS BY RON BLUE . He must "have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness." Such was the impression a character like this produced upon a Mahomedan of the desert, and such is the impression of beauty and reverence which a religious life of the kind indicated in the text is calculated to produce in time upon any mind in which a trace of goodness still lingers. It is to this effect, that the services which God loves are not ceremonial observances, but habits of purity and charity. Many professing Christians may well tremble when they read this verse. Shame, love, hope, every good passion wakes in the soul. Sermon Bible Commentary. 3. Such a man is a "hearer only," and therefore either a self-deceiver or a hypocrite. It is, first, as we are here told, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, One half of the world, as has sometimes been, said, knows not how the other half lives. For if we desire that our faith be pure in application, selflessness and self-control must be our identity as Christ-followers, otherwise we are no different from the world and essentially undermine the very faith we profess. Men may fall away from that ideal, they may run amuck in selfishness and sensuality, but they will never cease in their hearts to reverence it, and after their madness is past to come back to it again. The subjects of Christian charity mentioned here are typal as well as specific. Biblical Commentary (Bible Study) James 1:17-27. What an affront must it be to God to pretend to join in prayers to Him for those who are in trouble, need, sickness, or any other adversity, if He hath put it in our own power to relieve them, and we will not! February 7, 2016 Sermons James Michael O'Neil My studies in James over the last year and more are beginning to bear some homiletical fruit. He must "cleanse himself from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." März 2013 von admin / 0 Kommentare. And what is the body to the soul? III. This will not be the case where there is pure and undefiled religion. I am not surprised to hear that the man who despises the sinner and gets as far away from him as possible has become, after all, the sharer of his sin. Read verse in New King James Version 1. 6. 2. "Whoso," says John, "keepeth His word, in him verily is the love of God perfected." - C.J. The text says, "In their affliction," that is, in the time of it and in the place of it. James 1:17-27 [17] Every good gift and every … Obviously in such circumstances the greatest care is necessary in order to keep one's self unspotted, not only by using means of protection, but also by observing regular seasons of cleansing. I. But to study the word just to fill your head with knowledge, without applying the word, short-circuits God’s purpose in giving it. You can tell that easily from his letter. AN EXAMPLE OF VAIN RELIGIOUS SERVICE. This statement points back to the exhortation of ver. The significant lesson is taught us that religion is to be tested by feeling for the fatherless, and the feeling is to be measured by the fatherhood of God! From the writings of Paul - Ga 6 ... all the preaching, teaching, and studying we may do cannot make our religion "pure and undefiled"! 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.. 2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;. saith the Lord." It is very much as if you went out of the pure, sweet, sensitive home-life in which you have been bred, into the lowest, filthiest pollution of the city. Out of all classes of feeble people, the unprotected, and the helpless, God has chosen for our notice widows and orphans. We are ready to read on now somewhat further in the text. But such beneficence admits of degrees, from the easy donation of sixpence out of the accumulations of prosperous trade up to the willingly laying "down our lives for the brethren." There is religion. James 1:27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. Will you bore holes into it, and see whether the sap is running, and whether the inner bark is green, or will you uncover the roots and see whether they have a firm hold, and whether they are rightly spread where the moisture lies; or will you take note of the fruit that it produces in autumn? The spirit which breathes in their necessary intercourse with society, the occasional excitement of sinful feelings by the provocations to which they are subject, the impressions continually made on their senses, and the secularising tendency even of their own lawful business, all conspire to damp the ardour of their spiritual life and to tarnish the lustre of their graces. Christ must come nearer to the soul than this before it can really by Him "escape the corruption that is in the world." Men and brethren, are these things so? He specifies these only as most especially deserving our compassion. The original word is more comprehensive than any one word of ours can fully render. The vanity and inefficacy of all such religious exercises, without charity, is most frequently asserted in Holy Scripture (Isaiah 1:11, 12, 17, 18; Isaiah 58:6, 7, 9). A congregation can offer no comelier praise than the music of constant acts of loving-kindness and tenderness and self-sacrifice. Mirrors The problem with mirrors is that they are totally honest James in this portion of scripture is talking about a moral mirror. If any of you are to judge of a fruit-tree growing in your garden, what method will you take to do so? Now examine yourselves by the test here proposed. It is a message on the last verse of the first chapter of the Book of James [James 1:27]. What does it mean to be “a doer of the Word/work?” At this point James gets very specific and says very clearly what this “work” is: James 1:26-27 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. It was as if the clouds were broken above this human valley that we live in, and men saw the Alps above them, and took courage. Nor will it do that one's religion be settled by himself. Browse Sermons on James 1:27. But when is this duty binding? Where this worship is not rendered, the grandest sanctuary, so called, will be rather only a sepulcher of souls, and the most aesthetic church-service a "vain oblation." For instance, when we speak of the Mohammedan or the Brahminical religion we mean the body of beliefs, principles, and ceremonies which go to make up … Few Christians are absolutely without spots. If we consider that by the apostle is set down as a property and effect of true religion, without which our religion is but counterfeiting, our holiness but halting, our devotion but dissimulation before God, thereby shall we be stirred up to this duty. II. James 1:27 is the fulfillment of Ephesians 2:8-10 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. Let me now guard against prevailing and injurious MISCONCEPTIONS by one or two general observations. He devotes pp. AN EXHIBITION OF TRUE RELIGIOUS SERVICE. A great fruit and token of piety is provision for the afflicted. He holds the feelings and well being of others to be as important as his own. Do you not see? It is told of one of the best men of our time — a man who specially exemplified the ideal of the text on both its sideshow, travelling with a party up the Nile, his character produced a profound impression on the Arab attendants, and when one said of him to the Sheik or leader of the party that in his own country he was regarded somewhat as a heretic, his reply was, "He may be called what you like, he may not be a good Christian; I know not; but this I know, he is a good man." 2. The men of the world are sooty, dirty creatures. 1. Some seek to present us with an ascetic scheme of moral observance. Even though he humbly identifies himself only as “a servant of God and of the Lord James 1:27 Amplified Bible (AMP). 3. Any one can easily make a foolish mistake, just by thinking more highly of himself than he ought to think, and so be lost. Would not the very knowledge that such a higher realm of life existed be your strength and protection? Why aren’t you lolling on some beach? Consider times of narrowness, of panic, of business depression, as offering special occasion. If we require example, God is rich in mercy and in all goodness; He giveth abundantly to all men, and reproacheth none. It signifies selflessness which James highlights as a sign of pure religion we should strive to emulate. 19. Amidst the various trials and sufferings which are more or less inseparable from the present state of existence, she unfolds to their view a world where sin and sorrow are unknown; a world whose atmosphere is health, whose resources are exhaustless, whose pleasures are untainted, and whose honours are unfading; a world in which there are neither fatherless nor widows, because all earthly unions and relations have been lost and absorbed in the delightful fellowship of one great family, of "which God Himself is the Father, Jesus Christ the Elder Brother, and the eternal Spirit the all-pervading bond of holy and affectionate communion. TRUE RELIGION IS THE FLOWING OF GOD'S LOVE THROUGH US TO ALL MEN WITH WHOM WE HAVE TO DO. 3. Sermon James 1:19-27 The Gift of Listening. What mockery is it to come and sit before God as His people, and to hear His word, if covetousness hath so possessed our hearts that we have no regard to the most plain and express commands of it! 8. And he who puts on Christ, puts on also the burden of Christ. NIV 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. The flesh seeks personal satisfaction above all else and will stop at nothing to gain whatever pleases its desires, while the Holy Spirit purposes the sovereign will of God that does not conform to man but convicts and holds man accountable to the standard of Scripture. III. "To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction." We serve God most comfortably when we consider Him as a Father in Christ. Well, first, does not there come to us a sense of its supreme beauty? I. We use this word to denote the sincere and active exercise of love toward our fellow men. There is no surer and readier step to the love of God, "whom we have not seen," than by the love of our brethren, "whom we see" (1 John 4:20). (Your affections were made for higher purposes than to be melted out in lusts.) We are joined together in the fellowship of the gospel that we may be helpful to our fellow-Christians and our fellow-men who are in affliction and poverty. That brings out the occasion. It is hard to touch pitch and not to be defiled. We must understand how clear-sighted the Creator is to see and feel the need of every one among His creatures. James 1:1 - 1:27. Obedience should always be the bottom line of Bible study or biblical preaching. 1. Take the first half of it — charity, or, as it is put here in a strong form, "visiting the fatherless and widows in their affection." 3. It lives His life and not its own. Does this necessarily mean there is nothing else that contributes to the picture of pure religion? Scriptural faith is faith that produces practice; scriptural practice is practice that springs from faith. Such, however, in a moral and spiritual sense, must be the Christian's daily and hourly endeavour. It opened the spiritual, the supernatural, the eternal. PRACTICE THE TEST OF RELIGIOUS PRINCIPLE. Whether it’s a David Blane street ‘magician’ doing tricks with coins and watches, or Derren Brown with his weird deceptions. James 1:21, James 1:27, Heartlight - Free Christian PowerPoint Backgrounds. When St. James mentions the widows and the fatherless, he means, of course, the destitute and afflicted of every class. Read full chapter "THE EPISTLE OF JAMES" Pure And Undefiled Religion (1:26-27 ) INTRODUCTION 1. 1. , on the last verse of the book of James contains ten similarities to the of! 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