Traditional Service Worship: 11:00 am – Aug. 12, 2018

Pastor Dr. Bryan George

Title: Watch Your Mouth: Put your money where your mouth is”

Text: James 1:26-27, Matthew 15:1-8
Focus: Our mouths, our hands, and our hearts need to be aligned in order for us to live like Christ. This is “true” religion and displays an integrity that the world needs.

I.  Changing the passenger headlight in my 2010 Mercury
The owner’s manual was not helpful
The need for an instructional video to show me the way
The temptation to have someone else do the dirty work: The need to just do it

II. James offers a three-part vision of how to walk the way of Jesus in a world of hate
Conversation: “bridle their tongues” v. 26
Compassion: “care for orphans and widows” v. 27
Character: “keep oneself unstained by the world” v. 27

III. The power of community to shape our values and vision: JD Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy
“The theology she taught was unsophisticated, but it provided a message I needed to
hear. To coast through life was to squander my God-given talent, so I had to work hard.
I had to take care of my family because Christian duty demanded it. I needed to forgive,
not just for my mother’s sake but for my own. I should never despair, for God had a plan.”

IV. A trip down to hillbilly country in Frakes Kentucky
A desire to “bear one another’s burdens” Galatians 6:2
A reminder “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10
A Russian fable: “the key is for those who forget themselves in helping others.”

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