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continued convo – faith?

December 7, 2008

I say this often, but today was a GREAT gathering for The Bridge. Props to the Children’s Choir for rocking the house (nice solo, Brianna!) as a teaser for this Friday’s prime-time performance at the Christmas Banquet.

I haven’t been as excited about preaching as I was today for a long, long time.  We looked at James 2:14-26 where James asks us to examine whether our faith is real faith or just a cheap substitute.  He says…

– If your faith doesn’t cause you to do good for the poor, it won’t do you any good either.

– Belief does not equal faith.

– True faith will always result in Christ-exalting, human-loving actions… always.

The biggest takeaway for me though wasn’t any of that.  I’m leaving this section of James astounded at how focused he was on the gospel message about forgiveness and freedom through faith in Jesus.  Think about it – James is writing to the church (James 1:1) and he still spends more time on the gospel than anything else in the whole book.  EVEN AFTER people claimed to have faith in Jesus, James still adopts a missional posture toward their souls.

I’m praying for God to awaken the same apostolic, fire-in-the-belly, radical, missional spirit within us… and I think I see Him starting to do it.  When we embrace that, watch out world.  Anything is possible…

PS – I think our kids’ choir should get some encouragement in our comments section.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2008 8:34 am

    No church our size has a children’s choir better. Thanks to all who made it happen. Can’t wait till Friday night.

  2. Dale permalink
    December 8, 2008 10:13 am

    The kids did a great job and sounded great! I know they have worked hard to prepare for the Christmas banquet.

  3. Jana Howerton permalink
    December 8, 2008 12:03 pm

    Our Children’s Choir is awesome! They really made us proud on Saturday night too!

    Thanks Tammy and Shelley. You’re hard work has paid off!

  4. Shi permalink
    December 8, 2008 1:34 pm

    Watching the children sing brought me so much joy! I am looking forward to hearing them Friday night. Thanx to everyone involved in the preparation and all the parents!

  5. josh permalink
    December 8, 2008 2:26 pm

    I’m waiting for a Levi dance solo!

  6. Cindy permalink
    December 8, 2008 5:39 pm

    Well, in every way, Sunday was awesome. Can’t wait to see more of the children singing, thanks so much Tammy and Shelley.

    It is overwhelming to feel/see evidence of the Holy Spirit meeting with us during service. Knowing He meets with us, stays and dwells with us, is so humbling to me to see this love God has for us.
    Pastor Josh, your messages – WOW!!

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