E-Free Church - Gaylord Campus
STEPS FOR BIBLE READING
When we take steps forward we make progress! In our message series, STEPS, we will all look to take a step forward in 5 areas of growth in our walk with the Lord.
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  • E-Free Church - Gaylord Campus
    1649 M-32, Gaylord, MI 49735, USA
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The Christian life is like swimming upstream. You only have two strokes. Without both strokes, you go backwards

Stroke #1 – Bible Reading

Stroke #2 - Prayer
Be diligent = To give diligence by exerting yourself; The idea of giving great effort

Yourself = Singular; Command is for each believer
How to RESPOND to the Word properly (James 1:22-25)

The PRINCIPLE involved (v22)
We are to be doers of the Word (Present imperative = We are commanded to continually be doers of the Word)

Listening to the Word is not enough – deluding ourselves into thinking we are growing spiritually when we are not

Jesus taught the same principle (Luke 11:28)
The PROBLEM involved (v23-24)

Hearing the Word without doing the Word is likened to a man who looks at himself in a mirror but does nothing to fix his appearance

Once he leaves the mirror, he no longer remembers what he looks like and, as a result, no improvements are made

To listen to the Word but not obey it results in no spiritual improvements being made in one’s life
The PROFIT involved (v25)

In contrast, James now describes the one who is a doer, not just a hearer of the Word

We need to look intently into the Word (this word was used of Peter stooping down to get a better look in the empty tomb in Luke 24:12)

We need to be an effectual doer of the Word – to remain in the activity; give full attention to; stay with it

The man who hears & does is blessed in all of his ways

We need to put on our spiritual SPECS

SINS to avoid

PROMISES to claim

EXAMPLES to follow

COMMANDS to obey

STATEMENTS about God
How to REPRESENT the Word properly (1:26-27)

The Word changes your CONVERSATION with others

The Word changes your CONCERN for others

The Word changes your CONDUCT before others
WHAT STEP WILL YOU TAKE?
Step 1: Read one chapter in the book of James
Step 2: Read the entire book of James daily
Step 3: Read the entire book of James and memorize a verse daily

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“But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”2 Corinthians 8:7

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