Summary: Memorial Day sermon paralleling the duty of our soldiers SOme of this was adapted from Melvin Worthington
Key Verse 22
The real test = DO the Word – Duty -from the word “due” ie taxes are due, bills are due -- Duty is what is due the Lord our Savior!
James makes a clear statement here -- just knowing the Word is not enough! Evidently James (the brother of Jesus) writing to the Jewish Christians scattered after Steven’s stoning, said DO YOUR DUTY, DON’T JUST KNOW IT AND UNDERSTAND IT, BUT DO YOUR DUTY!
What is our duty?
I. THE DUTY OF COMMITMENT TO THE WORK
II. THE DUTY TO COMBATE THE WORLD
III. THE DUTY TO CONTINUE IN THE WORD
I. THE DUTY OF COMMITMENT TO THE WORK 1-11
Testing by trials from with out
(Eccl 12:13 KJV) Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
>>>> James taught
A. The Work of problems v 1-4 don’t avoid them – it is our duty to grow strong
B. The Work of Prayer 5-8
C. The Work of Piety 9-11
II. THE DUTY TO COMBATE THE WORLD 12-18
Tested by temptation from within
A. Combat Temptation v12
B. Combat Self v13-15
III. THE DUTY TO CONTINUE IN THE WORD 19-27
Testing by Truth that is written
A. Not Wrath v20
B. Not Wickedness v21
C. But the Word 21-27