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Sound Doctrine: avoiding deception and error conerning the faith
James: faith in action

Elkmont Baptist Church

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Sound Doctrine
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James
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We are in the last days as described in the Bible and people will not and do not like to study the Bible or obey it. Paul said it this way to Timothy: "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;" (2 Timothy 4:3). On top of this truth is the complication that we are also inundated with virtually thousands of websites, books, videos, magazines and other media teaching false doctrine. 1 Timothy 6:20-21a: "O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane
Why study the Book of James?

The author of the Book of James is widely believed to be the half-brother of Jesus. Although not a follower of Jesus during Christ's time on earth, he eventually became a follower and an elder in the early church at Jerusalem believing after the resurrection. It was James who made the deciding speech at the Jerusalem Council (Acts 15:13-22), and Paul called James one of the pillars of the church. At that council, James, along with Peter and Paul, affirmed the decision to take the gospel message to the Gentiles. This council took place in 49 A.D., and since this letter only addresses the twelve tribes of Israel, it is believed to be written prior to the council.

The Book of James is very Hebrew in that its consistent focus is on practical behavior in a life of faith, encouraging God's people to act like God's people. James provides direct commands to pursue a life of holiness and does not tolerate excuses. It admonishes Christians to provide evidence of their faith by walking in faith and not wavering or being doubleminded. James rebukes the hypocritical believer who says one thing but does another - let not him (or her) think that God will answer their prayers! In addition, he points out that we all go through trials and temptations, but the true believer has a way of escape - faith!

James focuses on the need for believers to live by faith. How well do your actions reflect the faith that you profess? Are we doubleminded? Do we even know how to "walk by faith"? Join us as we dig into this important book of both admonishment and encouragement!
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vain babblings, and oppositions of science
falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith." In Ephesians 4:14 we read: "That we
and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men,
and
cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;".
So what do we see? Thousands of opinions, false teachings, deception, and generally a serious falling away from the truth as provided to us in the Bible. There are even those who outright reject teachings of Scripture (sound doctrine), claiming it is irrelevant, cruel, and more.
Yet, how can the serious student of the Bible navigate through all the clutter and religious refuse that is prevalent today and find solid godly doctrine? A quick glance at the concordance reveals that the warnings against false doctrines and deception more than double the number of references to seek and learn sound doctrine.
OK, you've decided, I'll do that - How? We at Elkmont Baptist Church are starting a journey through the Scriptures to discover first how to recognize sound doctrine and then some of the more important doctrines of the Bible. One hint: If man has to wrap a Biblical teaching with his own thoughts and opinions and provide an extensive explanation - it simply isn't sound doctrine! These are attempts to sleight of hand, craftiness we are warned about.
Come join us as we study the Scriptures and discover first what sound doctrine is and then many of those teachings of Christ we can fully depend on as sound!
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be no more children, tossed to