Graeme took us deeper into the Book of James on Sunday as we were taught the difference between earthly wisdom and godly wisdom. In the life of the church.
The Reality of Conflict – Human Sinfulness
We are not perfect. We are stained by sin. But as believers our actions must reflect/match our statement of faith. In our passage today we saw teachers/Christians who were not humble or meek but rather ambitious, bigoted and boastful which led to disorder and anarchy.
The Root of Conflict – Demonic Desires
The source of conflict in the church is our sinful desires [James 4:1], pride. James challenges us to look inside, to look at our own motives and desires. Wrong desires result ion wrong actions. We require wisdom to do this, moral insight.
No God è No wisdom
Know God è Know wisdom
The wisdom is known by our deeds/actions and words.
The Response to Conflict – Godly Wisdom
We are to desire godly wisdom. An ongoing transformation at a heart and mind level. The wisdom of the Bible is now what I know but how I live. We deal with conflict in the church by dealing with conflict within ourselves.
EARTHLY WISDOM IS…
EARTHLY WISDOM IS EVIDENT IN…
Denying the truth
Every evil practice
HEAVENLY WISDOM IS…
Pure / Holy
Full of mercy / good fruit
HEAVENLY WISDOM IS EVIDENT IN…