9 Actions to Consider This Sunday

Here are nine servant actions for you to consider.
  1. Pray as you enter the property. Pray for the guests. Pray for the services. Pray for the pastor and the sermon.
  2. Park at the most distant spot available. Save the closer parking places for guests.
  3. Greet people. They may be guests. They may be members. It’s okay to introduce yourself to either.
  4. Look for people to help. You know the place well. Many others will not. Be a guide. Help someone who looks like he or she needs help.
  5. Sit as close as possible to the front of the worship center. Save the back rows for guests and late entrants, so they don’t have to walk past so many people.
  6. Sit in the middle. Don’t claim that aisle seat where people have to walk over you or past you.
  7. Sit closely. Your worship center may be packed. If so, be willing to sit cheek to cheek.
  8. Volunteer to serve. As the number of attendees increase, so does the need for volunteers. parking lot help, & the church greeter ministry are a few of the areas that will need more volunteers to help serve and minister to members and guests.
  9. Pray as you leave. The Holy Spirit is likely working in many persons who attended. Pray for His continual work of conviction and comfort.

These are simple acts. They are acts of service. And if you survive doing these acts of kindness and service on Easter, you just might be able to do them on other days of worship as well.



James: Bond Slave-part 2

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James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings. James 1:1

 

Today we will focus upon the first half of verse one.

James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ…

James identified himself as a bond-servant (more here). As William MacDonald has stated in Believer’s Bible Commentary,

“At one time, he had not believed in the Lord Jesus (John 7:5). He may have shared the view that Jesus was out of His mind (Mark 3:21). But our Lord patiently sowed the seed of the word. Though unappreciated, He taught the great principles of the kingdom of God. Then the seed took root in the life of James. A mighty transformation resulted. The skeptic became a servant. And he wasn’t ashamed to say so!

The skeptic became a servant…a slave to God and the Lord Jesus Christ. James was not alone in using this description. Being a servant, a bond-servant, a slave of Jesus Christ is the essence of the Christian life. The apostle Paul often described himself as a bond-servant of Jesus (Romans 1:1; Philippians 1:1). The apostle Peter (2 Peter 1:1) and Jude (Jude 1) did also (by the way, Jude is also the half brother of Jesus on their mother’s side).

James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ…

James called himself a bond-servant of God AND the Lord Jesus Christ. This speaks of Christ’s Deity. If Jesus were not God it would be idolatrous for James to say that he was a servant of God and also of Jesus Christ. Anytime God and Jesus Christ are included together like this, the Bible is telling us that they are equal. No mere man could be spoken of in direct connection with God. Four times in Isaiah the Bible says there is no God beside the Creator Jehovah God (Isa. 44:6, 8; 45:5, 21). Exodus 34:14 says, “For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”

Why would James make this assertion that Jesus is equal with God? James had come to believe in Jesus as “the Lord Jesus Christ”.  
LORD – Master
JESUS – Savior

CHRIST – Messiah, the anointed one, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

We hear a lot of references to just “Jesus” today. But when we are addressing Him, we should recognize Him for who he is: the Lord Jesus Christ! We would do well to remember today, as James did, that Jesus is the Lord Jesus Christ.
We should remember that:
1. Jesus did indeed claim to be God (John 10:30-33).
2. Jesus accepted worship as God.
     a. Six times in the Gospel of Matthew Jesus accepted worship (Mat. 8:2; 9:18; 14:33; 15:25; 20:20; 28:9).
     b. Thomas worshipped Christ and called Him God (John 20:28).
     c. Unlike the elect angels and the apostles who refused to accept worship (Acts 14:11-15; Rev. 19:10), not once did Jesus refuse it. The Bible teaches that it is idolatry and wickedness to worship anyone or anything other than the one true and living God (Ex. 20:3-5; 34:14; Isa. 42:8; Mat. 4:10). Therefore, the fact that Jesus accepted worship is indisputable evidence that he was and is Almighty God.
3. Moreover, Jesus is called God many times in the New Testament Epistles. See Philippians 2:5-6; Colossians 1:15-17; 1 Timothy 3:16; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 1:8-9; 1 John 5:18.  This is not an isolated instance from a misled or delusional half-brother. This statement is a direct reference to the fact that Jesus is the Christ and Lord.
What about us? Do we recognize Jesus as the Lord Jesus Christ? Have you surrendered to His will? Is Jesus Christ your Lord…your Master? Are you His slave? Are you guilty (like much of the realm of Christendom) of asking Jesus to be your Savior and not surrender to His Lordship?
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Our knees MUST bow to King Jesus! We have two choices:
-We bow down now willingly, or
-We will be forced to bow and acknowledge the Sovereign Lord Jesus Christ!
For it is written, “AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD.”  Romans 14:11
Until tomorrow, Keep looking for our blessed hope…
Pastor Kevin




James: a Bond-Slave?

James-Logo-Web-2James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings. James 1:1

 

James, the brother of Jesus…no that isn’t good.

James, the half-brother of Jesus…true, but still not good.

James, the…BOND SLAVE…YES! PERFECT!

James could have identified himself many ways to the recipients of his letter, yet he calls himself a bond-slave.

The word servant was the common Greek term for slave, or more specifically, bond-slave. A bond-slave is “one who is in a permanent servitude to another.” Someone has said that this term bond-slave emphasizes “The supreme and absolute authority of the master and the entire submission of the slave.” While in service, the bond-slave depended upon the master for everything: life, food, shelter, protection. Though there were a few possible exceptions to this practice, a bond-slave was, typically, under obligation to serve a master until death. Bond-slave…this is the title James uses of himself.

A christian has many different relationships with God by means of his redemption in Christ.

As a christian, you are…
– an adopted son (Gal. 3:26)
– a part of the bride of Christ (Eph. 5:24-27)
– a member of Christ?s body (Eph. 5:31)
– a friend of Christ (John 15:15)
– a priest (1 Pet. 2:5), and more.

But even though the believer has such an exalted standing in Christ, he is still called God’s servant. Christians, we had better come to terms with this title because servant-master relationship will exist throughout eternity (Rev. 22:3).

More tomorrow.

Until then, keep looking for our blessed hope!

Pastor Kevin