SUNDAY 29th JULY, 2018
THEME: THE SAVING OF THE SOUL
TEXT: JAMES 1: 16 – 27
MEMORY VERSE: JAMES 1: 21 – Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the Word planted in you, which can save you.
The Master of Ceremony at a wedding reception started the programme with some uncomplimentary jokes about the Church and Christianity in a bid to entertain the guests and make the event lively. The first statement the Chairman of the occasion said in his opening remarks was to caution the comedian, Master of Ceremony about such jokes, especially at a Christian gathering.
We live in a crooked and depraved generation where sin has been given different names to make it fashionable and acceptable. Christians now fall prey of the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life without realising that something is amiss and many believers have become polluted by the worldly system. Apostle James, in James 1: 21 warns believers to, “get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the Word planted in you, which can save you.” What we watch on television or other electronic devices, books that we read, music which we sing and enjoy, clothes that we wear, places we visit and things we do to and with our bodies can pollute us if discretion is thrown to the wind.
The good news is that the Word of God can cleanse us of all contamination. 2 Timothy 3: 16 tells us that, “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” The Word of God sanctifies. It is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Ps. 119: 105). It is the truth that sets us free from bondage.
Obedience to the Word of God keeps us in the path of life and brings blessing upon us. All Christians should be guided by the admonition in James 1: 22, “Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says”.
HYMN: EMHB 328 – COME, SINNERS TO THE GOSPEL FEAST
PRAYER: Lead me, Father, on the path of righteousness.