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Spirituality Or Faith
What is the difference between “spirituality” and “faith.” I hear this all the time, ‘I am spiritual but not religious.’ What does that mean? James gives us a good way to see the difference.
A mere profession of faith in Jesus isn’t enough to prove that you are right with God you have to show some concrete changes in your life. Therefore, “we are rescued by faith alone but not by a faith that remains alone.”
James says we aren’t earning a relationship with Jesus, we are heirs to a relationship with Him. A HUGE DIFFERENCE. We are rescued by grace; when you become a believer you become an heir. You are adopted into the family, and you become a child of the Father who is now your God.
Read James 2:18-26
Radical Love And Care
James emphasizes that true service involves both words and actions, suggesting that the Bible calls for more than just verbal commitment. If we focus solely on the spiritual needs and neglect the material needs of others, we may be missing the essence of Christ's teachings. Highlighting the deliberate act of choosing the poor, James underscores the proactive nature of service, urging Christ followers to prioritize caring for those in need rather than waiting for their struggles to affect our own lives.
Read James 2:5-17
The Bible As A Guide
There are many things in the Bible that people will say, “I don’t like that, it offends me. I will believe the things I like and reject the things I want to reject.”
If you have a view of a Bible like that, how can God ever contradict you and challenge you. How can it humble you? If you have a God that never contradicts you, challenges you, or irritates you: you don’t have a living God. You’ve got a designer God, not the real God. If you can’t humbly accept it, you will struggle with a relationship with God.
Read James 1:19-21
We all are aware that life can be difficult, it is inevitable because it's life. We all have experienced how difficult life can be. James is saying be strong and deal with it. The truth is, some people get wise and tender and others get bitter and broken.
James encourages us to meet these problems with faith, wisdom and self-control. It’s inevitable that people will ask this question, “where do you get the strength to do this? Where do you get the resources?”
The average person wants to face it and turn the tide and be better, but how? In these verses we see where we get the strength to do this. We are going to see that you can’t just suck it up or screw it up. We need something to help us face life. There is a motivation and a power you can have by following Jesus.
Read James 1:16-18
As the scriptures come alive in you, they become food and air, no longer a book of instructions. The same force that planted new life in you asks you to keep coming back to it.
Now you have the potential to be a very different person; you are liberated! Listen to what the scriptures tell you. They will free you completely!
How do we approach it? James says, we must receive it and obey it.
James gives us an amazingly profound, wise insight into why many of us find that the Bible doesn’t liberate us.
Read: James 1:19-25
James will show us that God tests us, but he never tempts us. He may give us a circumstance but if that leads us to sin it’s not God who is tempting us, because every test is a temptation. What we are learning here are several things about temptation and how sin works in our lives. To say that sin is not something that is relevant to talk about would be very naïve. The only way to break the hold of whatever is in your soul is to show it an object of deeper affection…the only way through is to fall in love with Jesus!
Read James 1:9-15
An empowering take on faith - Bill explains the Christian faith and connects it to the world we live in today in a new and powerful way. He challenges the listener and encourages us to question our faith in a way that brings you closer to God. LISTEN TO THIS POD!
Great message for all walks of believers, doubters and seekers.
I’ve not come across a better podcast that takes complex, nuanced and difficult topics of the Christian faith and simplifies them while offering practical ways to live out your faith and challenge your doubts. Bill lives the Christian life as a regular guy, even though he’s Oxford PhD educated. He has the same struggles as the majority of us and it’s refreshing to hear his take on the areas of the faith that are hard, anger-inducing or just don’t make sense.
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Bill has an amazing way of bringing the Bible to life. His insight and thoughtful way of teaching truth has been such a blessing and encouragement to me and my entire family. This podcast will leave you filled up and looking for more!