ECCO | January 25-31

January 24, 2021

    Doers of the Word

    James was a leader in the early church. He wrote a letter to believers who were living in many different places. James told them how believers should live.

    James wrote, “Do what God says. If you hear God’s word but don’t do it, you trick yourselves. Anyone who hears the word but does not do it is like someone who sees himself in the mirror and then forgets what he looks like.” Anyone who hears and does God’s Word will be blessed.

    James said that people who really love God will love people too. God is honored when Christians show their faith by doing what is right and good, like helping people who have no one to take care of them.

    James also wrote, “Brothers and sisters, if someone is cold and hungry and you say, ‘Go in peace, stay warm and full,’ but you do not give him clothes or food, what good does that do? In the same way, faith in God without action is no good.”

    Anyone can say, “I have faith,” but we know someone has true faith by what he does. James reminded the believers of Abraham and Rahab. Abraham had true faith. We know this because he obeyed God when God asked him to do very hard things. Rahab had true faith too. We know this because she hid spies in Jericho even though it was dangerous.

    God does not accept people because they do what is good and right. He accepts people who trust in Jesus. Those who are accepted into God’s family will do what is good and right because God loves them.

    Christ Connection: Jesus said, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word” (John 14:23). James reminded believers to do what Jesus said. Jesus takes our punishment for sin so we can live for Him. When we trust in Jesus, we can do what is good and right.

    BIBLE PASSAGE: James 1-2
    STORY POINT: James reminded believers to do what Jesus said.
    KEY PASSAGE: Romans 12:5
    CHRIST CONNECTION: What is the church? The church is all Christians everywhere!

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