Don’t Just Listen – Do Something!

Sharing my notes from Eric’s message today at Fellowship:

No Comprendo – Week 4

Big Idea: Do Something with Scripture!

Is it possible to read scripture and not be changed?
[youversion]John 5:39-40[/youversion] – Danger: Information alone can bring knowledge but not necessarily life change.

What happens if we don’t take the final step – APPLICATION?
* We get soaked with information.
* We run the risk of looking for applause.
* We don’t experience real life transformation.

We must do more than just listen. [youversion]James 1:21-25[/youversion]

Four questions to ask as you observe.

Question #1: Is there a sin to avoid?
James 1:21 “So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives,”

Question #2: Is there a command to obey?
James 1:21 “and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.”

Question #3: Is there a promise to claim?
James 1:22 “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.”

Question #4: Is there an example to follow?
James 1:23-25 “For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. 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.”

Take Aways
1. Be specific. (about what you need to change)
2. Make it attainable. (be realistic with where you are at)
3. Share it with others. (LifeGroups)

Isaiah 17:10-11 – “you have turned from the God who can save you.”

Closing Thought – May we become aware of how much we personally need God’s Word. May we learn to observe, interpret, and apply it like never before. And may we come to know God in a deeper, richer way as we reach for His letter.