Sermon - Religion That God Accepts Is This... Part 1

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 10:30am

This morning’s service was event filled and we hope that you will take the time to listen to the service to share with us as we celebrated those with birthdays and anniversaries this month; welcomed Jayce Beaudin Carver and Steven Carver into our family through membership; and celebrated with Christians around the world during our World Wide Communion service.

This morning our scripture was taken from James 1: 2-7, 12-27

Rev Sadekie spoke about the concept of Religion this morning.  The word Religion carries baggage.  But that doesn’t make Religion a bad thing

James gives us 3 things to do to live out our religion in a way that pleases God.  We need to rein in our tongues, to look after widows and orphans, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

In other words, those who are truly religious do these three things. 

1. They practice endurance of trials with grace.  When they go through trials they see it as character building.  They use these times to strengthen their perseverance, to ask God for wisdom to see the positive side, to see God with them.

2. They practice self-control in two areas.  The first is that they keep temptation at bay, by practicing satisfaction.  Without the desire temptation does not exist.  And without the opportunity the temptation based in desire is easier to control.  Temptations happens when desire meets opportunity.                                  The second aspect of self-control is our words.  Seek to be uplifting rather than tearing down.  Resist the desire to gossip, to lie, to demean others.  Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger.  The truly religious are people who are measured in their words.

3. The truly religious practice charity.  Which is moving beyond just hearing the teachings of Jesus and actually making it real in their lives.  They don’t just know they are supposed to be patient, they are patient.  They care for the orphans and widows and so much more. 

We want to be a family who strives to be truly religious.