Faith and Works

Rev. David Bast

READ : James 2:14-26 Perhaps James’ most famous statement and the one for which some have criticized him is this: “Faith without works is dead.” Let’s try to understand what he means.       I once read a great line by a biblical scholar who said that whenever a New Testament writer wanted to make a point about religion, he would write, “Look at Abraham.” That’s certainly true of two of the New Testament writers. However, when we look …

The Royal Law

Rev. David Bast

READ : James 2:1-13 Jesus once said that there are only two rules for living: love God and love your neighbor. His brother James especially drives home the second part of that royal law. Let’s start today with a hypothetical case. I want you to imagine that you’re sitting in your church on a Sunday morning when you notice two families who happen to be visiting come into the sanctuary. One of them catches your eye immediately. It’s a mom …

True Religion

Rev. David Bast

READ : James 1:19-27 Christians on the left are often concerned about social justice, while those on the right tend to pay more attention to matters of personal morality. But according to James, true religion cares about both. Today we begin a series of programs on the letter of James. Historically, the author of this little book, James, is understood to be the James whose mentioned in the book of Acts as the brother of Jesus and the leader of …

Why Work?

Rev. David Bast

READ : 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 The idea of the Last Judgment and the eternal punishment of sinners have got to be the least popular subjects in all of the Bible. But that’s just it – they’re in the Bible, and we need to hear about them. In writing his letters to the church in Thessalonica, 1 and 2 Thessalonians, the apostle Paul has been focusing on the last things, those great events with which history and our world will come …

The Day of Judgment

Rev. David Bast

READ : 2 Thessalonians 1:5-12 If you knew the world was going to end tomorrow, how would you react? What would you do today? If you want some help in knowing how to answer that, listen to the apostle Paul. In Paul’s correspondence with the Christians in Thessalonica, letters that we have in our New Testament as 1 and 2 Thessalonians, the apostle focuses a great deal of his attention on the end times, on the coming of Christ at …

What to Do Til He Comes

Rev. David Bast

READ : 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 If you knew the world was going to end tomorrow, how would you react? What would you do today? If you want some help in knowing how to answer that, listen to the apostle Paul.bq). For the past few weeks we’ve been looking at one of Paul’s letters to the church in Thessalonica: 1 Thessalonians. And in the latter chapters of this letter, the subject of Christ’s second coming looms large. The Christians there had …