Lesson 1, Topic 4
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Doctrinal Overview

Nikolas December 15, 2021
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Doctrinal Overview

Finding Themes

So, what is James actually about?

In this video, we’re going to take a doctrinal overview or survey of the content of James. What are his main emphases?

While you watch the following video, pay close attention to the main themes and concerns James has for his audience.

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Responding to the Gospel in James

As Christians, found in God and created in his image, we have the call to live a transformed life in the Gospel, to be shaped and transformed by the truth of God’s Word. This means putting away wickedness, especially destructive speech – a particularly difficult area of self-control.  It also includes an ethical call: to hear the word of God and live it out daily. 

When we encounter trials in life, we seek God’s wisdom. Our life and actions should be part of a loving response to the good news of God’s redemption in Jesus.

Test Yourself

To James, anyone who claims to be a Christian, but doesn’t live a changed life is...

Answer

... self-deluded (or double-minded).

Talk it Through

Home Forums 1.4 – What does “Being Polluted by the World” Mean?

  • 1.4 – What does “Being Polluted by the World” Mean?

    Posted by ECO on January 6, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    Respond in paragraph format to the following prompt(s):

    • What does it mean to ‘keep oneself from being polluted by the world?’  Is this a call to complete renunciation of any association with non-Christians?  How can we live this out without creating legalism with what is acceptable or not acceptable for the Christian to do?  Where else in the Bible can we go to for wisdom in this area of engagement with culture?
    ECO replied 10 months ago 3 Members · 4 Replies
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  • Dolores

    Member
    February 10, 2022 at 10:19 pm
    Rank: Level 1

    “Keeping oneself from being polluted by the world” means that while we sit with non-Christians we are not to adopt their way of life. Many of us have already been there and we don’t want to go back to old sinful behaviors. We are to be examples of Christ and His love.

    If we renunciate association with non-Christians, we’re missing the whole point of what Christ’s directive is for us. We are in the world, not of the world.

    I believe we can live this out by staying in the Word, leaning in to Christ, by doing so we supernaturally want to do what God wants us to do and live how He wants us to live.

    Some verses that speak to what God expects from us and His direction for engaging with the world are :

    • 1 John 2:15-17: “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

    • Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
    • Colossians 3:2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

    • 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

    These are but a few.

    • ECO

      Administrator
      February 14, 2022 at 4:30 pm
      Rank: Level 2

      @dostapyshyn very helpful list of verses! Thanks for a detailed answer.

  • Ian

    Member
    March 24, 2022 at 11:40 pm
    Rank: Level 1

    From my understanding, keeping oneself from being polluted by the world is keeping ourselves from being run and influenced by the world. This does not mean we have to avoid non-Christians. It just means that our minds would have to be renewed by God and not by this world. Every aspects of our lives should be ran by God and not by the culture or the society that we live in.

    We can live this out without legalism by having the attitude of humility and grace in our lives.

    • ECO

      Administrator
      March 30, 2022 at 4:26 pm
      Rank: Level 2

      @ianabad great answer.

      Have you ever heard this translation of Romans 12:1? “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold.” This translation helps remind me that the pattern of the world is an active force that desires to press me into its mold. For this reason, I have to practively fight it by choosing to be renewed in my mind each day.

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