Sermon Passages: James 1:26–27, 3:5–12; Mark 7:14–23; Matthew 7:21–23; Hebrews 10:19–24.
Question: How do you know going to church is worth the effort?
- Religion is worthless when . . .
- You think you’re generally good — “If anyone thinks he is religious” (v. 26; see James 3:5–12 & Mark 7:14–23).
- Your words hurt people — “does not bridle his tongue” (v. 26; see Matthew 7:21–23).
- Attempts freedom through hiding instead of repentance — “deceives his heart” (v. 26; Hebrews 10:19–24).
- How do we avoid worthless religion?
- Bless helpless people (v. 27).
- “Keep oneself unstained from the world” (v. 27).
Hanging around Non-Christians ensures your priority is the Great Commission instead of the world’s idea that we should “keep to ourselves.”
- Instead of excusing and hiding your guilt, repent.
- Are you in this for yourself or to glorify God?
- Do you hide from guilt or do you acknowledge that you are stained & need cleansing?
- The word that can change everything has already been spoken: “Finished.”