James - Vital Signs: Servant of God

Message & Notes from 9/30/18

Servant of God

Key Scripture James 1:1.

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:


Other scripture used:

James 1:1, Mark 3:20-21, John 7:5, 1 Cor 15:7, Exodus 21:5-6, Ephesians 6:5, 1 Timothy 6:1, Titus 2:9, 1 Peter 2:18, Colossians 3:22, Matthew 6:24-33

Intro to the Book of James

  • Recipients and setting
  • Author

Submission without chains, willful servitude

  • OT laws
  • NT instructions to earthly servants

Three common things in which we mistakenly place our faith

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What does Jesus say about these things that compete for our faithful service?

Matthew 6:24-27

No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?27Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life. 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Jesus not only taught the idea of serving God....He lived it.

What you are most committed to will shape what you think, feel, say and do. Like James and his readers you were created to serve Jesus Christ above all else and before all else.