July 26, 2020

Have You Witnessed This in Your Church? (So did the 1st Century Church!) | James 4:1 Bible Podcast

Have You Witnessed This in Your Church? (So did the 1st Century Church!) | James 4:1 Bible Podcast

BIBLE PODCAST

Today, we move into James Chapter 4 where we witness the true nature of the first Chuch coming out. 

I always imagined the early Christians as people whose lives were filled with rainbows and unicorns but apparently they were anything but that 🤷‍♀️

Join me today as we explore a common occurrence that got James very upset.

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Transcript

JULIE 0:05

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.  

Have you ever witnessed fights or quarrels within the church? 

Apparently, some things never die because James addresses that very problem in James Chapter 4.

James asks in 4:1, What causes fights and quarrels among you?”  

You see, James is challenging the reader to identify the source, or the root cause, of fights. James 3:14 told us that it’s usually bitter jealousy or selfish ambition. Maybe they want something someone else had like money, fame, respect, maybe a newer, faster donkey, I guess, maybe? 

And notice that words “fights” and “quarrels” are plural here, indicating that this was a recurring problem among the first Christian believers. I don’t know about you, but I kinda always imagined the people in the early church singing Kumbaya and wearing peace signs on their togas, but clearly, I’m wrong. 

James is saying, “Look I know where these fights come from.” As he continues in James 4:1 saying, “Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?

Back in James 1:13, we learned that it was common for the people in James’ day to blame God for their temptations. I mean, how often have you seen someone play the blame game? “It’s not my fault.”  But James is telling them (and us) that those fights result from the evil desires within us.

Now, this word here for “desire” in the Greek is where we get our English word “hedonistic” which means a person whose life is devoted to the pursuit of pleasure and self-gratification. 

And the word “battle” in the original language gives the idea of a continual military campaign raging within you is willing to hurt or destroy anyone to get what you desire. 

So, your Simple Truth for today: When you find yourself in the middle of a fight or quarrel with someone else, take James’ advice and look inside yourself to see if the battle actually began there first.   

The good news is that James has the solution. Tune in tomorrow to find out as we continue to explore the Simple Truth of God’s Word. 

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I’m Julie Carruth, and I’ll see you again tomorrow.