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3 How Faith Works Learning HandoutYesterday, was week #3 of our 9-week series through the book of James called "How Faith Works."  This week's topic was "How Faith Works in Learning" from James 1:19-27.

Here are some bonus thoughts…this week's is a major download of my research that hit the cutting room floor.  I think it'll be helpful to you:

  • The Primacy of the Word — God calls us to a "high view" of Scripture.
    • God magnifies his word above his name (Psalm 138:2)
    • The Bible is the word of God & not man…and works for those who believe (1 Thessalonians 2:13)
    • The Bible is more authoritative than the audible voice of God (2 Peter 1:16-21)
  • The Call to Learn — God designed us to relate to him by cultivating a lifestyle of learning.
    • Jesus tells us to learn from him (Matthew 11:29)
    • We grow by feeding on the word of God (1 Peter 2:2)
    • We grow by sharing the word of God (Ephesians 4:15)
  • The Path to Success — Success/prosperity comes by keeping the word of God (Joshua 1:6-8)
  • The Big 3 in Communication — Being swift to hear, slow to speak, & slow to wrath is critical to our relationships with God & each other:
    • There's more hope for a fool than someone quick to speak (Proverbs 29:20)
    • Being slow to anger is indispensable to Christlike leadership (Titus 1:7)
    • People without control over their emotions are defenseless (Proverbs 25:28)
  • The Importance of Obedience — Jesus questions how someone could call him "Lord" & not do what he says (Luke 6:46-49)
  • When God Hates Religion — God hates any religious rituals (ancient or contemporary) when someone is not committed to personal righteousness and acts of mercy toward the suffering (Isaiah 1:11-17)
  • Series Feedback — "…the whole series in James has been like a slap in the face for me.  When you spoke about the five obstacles yesterday, I could see why I'm not making progress in my walk.  I'm going back to drinking milk until I really get it – I thought Proverbs would be a good place to start.  If you have any other thoughts for a baby Christian please let me know.  I'm also starting a new prayer journal…I haven't been this excited since I was saved…”

Next week's topic is "How Faith Works in Diversity" from James 2:1-13.  Don't forget to bring a friend to Peter Loth on Wednesday at 6:45p!!