Statement of Confession: I believe in the Trinity--Father, Son and Holy Spirit; The Three are One in the Father. I believe that Jesus is the Savior to those that accept Him in genuine repentance of their sins through faith as their Lord and Savior. I believe that baptism--immersion, burial--is an outward show to the world of their acceptance of salvation by Jesus for His dying, resurrection and His sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven. This ministry is FREE.
LessonFebruary 9, 2014Treat Everyone EquallyJames 2:1-13 This treatment of the International Sunday School Lesson is written by Sam E. Stone, former editor of CHRISTIAN STANDARD.
______ By Sam E. Stone
Edwin Markham once said, “We have committed the Golden Rule to memory; now let’s commit it to life.” That is James’s point. In this chapter he insists on consistent Christianity. Spiros Zodhiates observed, “Whenever James is about to scold the believers of his day, he likes to preface the scolding with a word of love, and that word is my brethren. He admonishes in love; he corrects in affection.”Problem IdentifiedJames 2:1-4James warned his readers not to show favoritism. In the first century of the church, partiality was already a problem. Even today it is easy for an unspoken caste system to develop within a congregation. All distinctions between rich and poor should be eliminated. Showing partiality was specifically forbidden by the Mosaic Law, particularly in judicial decisions (see D…
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2014 | EPIPHANY FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY YEAR A Old Testament Isaiah 58:1–9a (9b–12) Psalm Psalm 112:1–10 (UMH 833) New Testament1 Corinthians 2:1–12 (13–16) Gospel Matthew 5:13–20
Vanderbilt Divinity Library. United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2014 | EPIPHANY FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY YEAR A Psalm Psalm 27 or Psalm 27:1–5 First Reading Habakkuk 3:1–6, 17–19 Second Reading 1 Corinthians 2:1–11 GospelMatthew 5:13–20 The Episcopal Church. Book of Common Prayer (1979) Sunday Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010. Print.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2014 | EPIPHANY FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY YEAR A Old TestamentIsaiah 58:3–9a Psalm Psalm 112:1–9 Epistle1 Corinthians 2:1–12 (13–16) Gospel Matthew 5:13–20 Lutheran Service Book Three Year Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2014 | EPIPHANY FIFTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY YEAR A Old Testament Isaiah 58:1–9a (9b–12) PsalmPsalm 112:1–9 (10) New Testament 1 Corinthians 2:1–12 (13–16) Gospel Matthew 5:13–20 Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.
February 9 Speaking UpExodus 21:1–23:33; John 4:27–42; Song of Solomon 3:1–2
Because we convince ourselves that people won’t accept our testimony about God’s work in our lives, we’re not usually ready to share it. We might prejudge their reactions or simply lack confidence. Soon, staying silent becomes a way of life. We become accustomed to the monotony and forget our calling in the world.
But we’re called to action. Our words have power, and not because of our own storytelling talent or our ability to tap into others’ emotions. God can and will use our words to draw people to Him through His Spirit—perhaps without our even being aware of it. In John 4:27–42, Jesus uses a Samaritan woman with a tarnished reputation to bring Samaritans (people whom the disciples and the Jews looked down upon) to faith.
Like the disciples, we have to realize the urgency of the good news. We have to show others that the kingdom of heaven is at hand We are called to action.