Church near Bowling Green, Ohio - Plain Congregational Church

Selfie: A book of James sermon series

As we begin to study the book of James, I've chosen to name this sermon series Selfie because of a line that the Holy Spirit inspired James to write in the first chapter. Starting in v 22, James wrote,

22 Don't just listen to God's word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. 23 For if you listen to the word and don't obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself[ie], walk away, and forget what you look like. 25 But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don't forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

The same thing should happen when I look at the Word of God. I'm not just reading words on a page. I'm taking a selfie, a look at myself. Whatever doesn't belong in my life, whatever is out of place or sticks out funny in my behavior, speech, or attitude, studying God's Word helps me to change those unsightly things in my life.

Then, James says, we're posed with a choice. Will we ignore what we noticed? Will we walk away unchanged? Or will we allow God's Spirit to impact us? Will we respond to what is revealed to us in submission and obedience?

As we look carefully into God's Word, we are, in fact, looking into ourselves, seeing how well (or how poorly) we compare. So, during this sermon series, let's take a selfie. Let's look into the mirror of God's Word together on Sundays at 10:15am.

You can listen to sermons from Pastor Steve Baney on the Worship page.
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Our congregation includes young families, hard workers, children, and senior citizens. The inviting and welcoming atmosphere is extended to young families (we don't mind if your little one makes noise during worship) and the elderly (we have easy-access parking in the front and a handicapped equipped restoom). Some people in the congregation are country folks, others are townies.

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16011 W Poe Rd, Bowling Green, OH 43402
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