Here’s a little quiz:
“Just Do It!” –Is this a slogan once used by a major athletic shoe and clothing manufacturer, or is it the central message of one of the books of the New Testament?
If you answered “yes” to both possibilities, consider yourself a well-informed consumer and Bible reader! Most of us are well aware of that slogan that helped make Nike the corporate king of the athletic shoe market. But those of us who appreciate the Biblical message that we are saved solely by our faith in Christ (that was also stressed by our founder, John Wesley), may not have spent much time reading the book of James, where the verse “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (2:12) sums up the author’s contention that we must constantly be living out our faith in order to be the disciples Jesus calls us to be.
During the first weeks of September, we will spend some time in worship examining this book with an eye toward figuring out the never-ending balance that Christians must achieve between what we believe and what we do. We will also take a look at what James says about living out our faith by being good listeners and how important our spoken words are to others. Through it all, we will further understand that when it comes to living out our faith, sometimes the “why” is as important as the “how”. It’s my opinion that James is a great book to read especially this time of year when new opportunities for service in the church are becoming available in the areas of education, stewardship, and serving on our various ministry teams. Hopefully our time studying it will energize all of us to look for new ways to enliven our faith.