dictionary.com defines wisdom this way:
The knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.
I think all of us want to be wise. The question is, how do we get there? And what is the “true” and the “right”? And how do I hone my ability to operate with just judgment as to action? In a world looking for people to make just judgments, good decisions, and to act in the common good with discernment and insight, as Christians we have the opportunity to stand firm and lead the way.
But first we need to be lead. We need training in wisdom.
Around 2,000 years ago there was a man leading one of the very first churches established to preach the good news of Jesus. This man was the brother of Jesus, and his name was James. The church he lead was located in Jerusalem, and for twenty years under his care operated in an environment of persecution and difficulty, within a culture that was wise in its own eyes.
But James taught a different way. With the writings of Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job, and the Song of Songs as a foundation, James pointed to what was true, and right. And with the teachings of his brother, Jesus, he pointed to who was true, and right.
And by God’s grace, we have what James taught, found in the book of the Bible that bears his name. As Christians seeking wisdom, and the way to a wise life, we need this little handbook today as much as they did then. So this Sunday, we will take a look at how we may stand firm and lead the way to the true, right, good and wise life.
To prepare for the service this Sunday, take around 16 minutes and read the book of James. And, it’s also the first Sunday of the month, which means we will celebrate the meal Jesus gave us, sharing in the Lord’s Supper. One final thing about the service—please be in prayer for all who will be in attendance—believers and unbelievers—that our Father would use our time together to open our eyes, by the power of the Holy Spirit, so that we can help at least one other person move one step closer to Jesus.
God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”
(1 Corinthians 1:30-31, NLT)
It’s going to be a great time gathering together in the name of our Wise King.
With eager expectation,
In the book of James, we meet a follower of Jesus who is going to sit us down for a little chat. And fair warning here: James isn’t really too concerned about your feelings, or how comfortable you are with someone you don’t know nor have ever met getting pretty personal with you.
Preparing For May 26, 2019
Do you know why the church exists? Do you know who formed the church, and how it was formed?
Just a brief reminder that a great way to prepare for the service this coming Sunday is to read the text we will be studying together.
Preparing For Sunday May 12, 1 & 2 Thessalonians
This last Sunday, I preached the first of two sermons on Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians. Here was the sentence I began unpacking, which is my summary of both letters:
Martin Luther warned that the people of the church are always in danger of their hearts straying from the truth of the good news of the kingdom of God found in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
First, it is Palm Sunday. Which means it is the beginning of a week of remembering the most important events in the history of the world: the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, his last meal with his disciples, his death at the hands of sinful men as the result of a sham sentence in a kangaroo court, his burial by those who loved him, and his resurrection from the dead just three days later. All of it for the salvation and rescue of the world.
The Whole Story: Ephesians-Week Two
I attempted to show in the sermon this past Sunday that Paul offers us two anchor points for our lives, and upon which our lives depend.