The purpose of the book of James is to show us the difference between a mere profession and a real possession of faith. Yet James also sees a link between our speech and who we truly are. The effects of your speech ultimately can direct your life and change the lives others.
Apparently 80% of South Africans claim to be Christians.
That statistic doesn't account for 'cultural Christianity' though. This is a type of unintentional Christianity, where you identify as 'Christian' the same way you might identify as South African or Indian. It doesn't really demand anything from you, except perhaps that you get married in a church and occasionally wear a cross as an accessory.
The reality however is that although Jesus loves you enough to accept you as you are, He loves you too much to let you stay the way you are.
Real Christianity disrupts and demands everything.
"The world will never starve for want of wonders, but for want of wonder." GK Chesterton David had no want of wonder. He marveled at the splendor of creation and loved the Creator all the more for it. What can we learn from Israel's greatest psalmist about enchantment in a disenchanted age?
It is easy to exaggerate David; he was (and is) a charismatic figure, who very quickly looms larger than life in the eyes of his admirers. Michelangelo sculpted in marble what most Christians have carved in their imaginations, a flawless David. But the biblical text does not give us a flawless David. It is absolutely essential that we acquire a sense of our common God-created, Jesus-saved, and Spirit-blessed selves that is unedited, unabridged, and unblinking. These final episodes in the David story ensures we get the whole story - of him and of us.
The concept of sin has become quite controversial in contemporary culture. Not only has it been misunderstood, but also misused by many. On Sunday morning we will look how a Scriptural view of sin helps us to live the life we were always meant to live.
People are often surprised at how sinful Biblical “heroes” are. Even King David, 'a man after God's own heart', commits a truly vile sin. Although David's spiritual destruction is infamous and there for all to see, the story doesn't end there.