The Master’s Class, Summit Church
HOW DO YOU REACT TO SIN? (James 4:9-12)

HOW DO YOU REACT TO SIN? (James 4:9-12)

May 10, 2014
In our politically correct society, what is the proper reaction that is expected of someone who has offended someone else?  Is it to laugh about what was said?  Not likely.  Is it to ignore it as something inconsequential?  A great number of politicians have learned the folly of this reaction.  The accepted, and expected, reaction is for the person to publically, sincerely, apologize and promise to never do it again.  It is interesting that our society demands this type of reaction even when the offended person is totally unknown to the person who made the insensitive statement.      

Contrast this to what most people consider the proper reaction that is expected of someone who has committed a sin against God.  The world celebrates these people, praising them for their courage, and condemning those who would point out that this act was indeed a sin against God, and that God is offended by this sin.  Not just this sin, but any sin.  

The world laughs at the idea of calling something a sin.  Our churches today are calling as good and proper what was once called sin.  They not only tolerate sin in the church, but they declare their own open-mindedness because they accept sin as normal and accepted.  As a result, church members are not dealing with sin in their lives, even though the Bible teaches that sin of any kind offends God. 

In this lesson, James describes how the believer is to react to sin that has been identified in their lives.  We are to mourn that sin.  We are to ask God for forgiveness of that sin, in other words we are to apologize to God.  We are then expected to repent of that sin, which means that we are promising God that we will never do it again.  

God expects, and as our Creator deserves, a better reaction than we give to someone, whom we do not even know, that we have offended.   


February 10, 2013

When we need something done that we cannot do for ourselves, then we begin to search for someone with the power to meet that need.

When my car needs repaired, when something in my home needs repaired, I begin a search for someone with the power to meet that need.

When my need becomes a desperate need, I look for someone with the power to save me.

Listen to this podcast to find the One with the power to meet the most desperate need in each of our lives. Listen and discover that Jesus Christ is the only One with the power to save you.

If you are lost in a dark world, then Jesus Christ is the answer to that need. Jesus Christ has the power to save you.



October 18, 2012

Why would Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, need to be baptized? 

Did He need to repent of anything?  Did He need to turn from religion to faith? 

For that matter, why would Jesus Christ, the Creator of all things, need to be tempted by one His own creations, Satan? 

Did Jesus, the last Adam, fall in this temptation, just as the first Adam did in the Garden of Eden? 

These are compelling questions with significant answers to all those who call Jesus, Lord and Master. 

Listen to this podcast and learn what the Word of God says about these questions that are the foundation of our faith in Jesus Christ.

JOHN’S MESSAGE (Mark 1:4-8)

JOHN’S MESSAGE (Mark 1:4-8)

October 15, 2012

Our world is in need of repentance.  It needs to turn away from religion and turn towards Jesus Christ.  This is the message that John the Baptist had for the Jews of his day.  They needed to repent and turn away from the rituals of Judaism and return to the God-given faith of their fathers.  Their baptism was a symbol of this repentance.     

Mark tells us of John's baptism of repentance, and then he tells of the coming of the One who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.  

Listen and rejoice as we learn of the difference between John's baptism and the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

THE HEART OF PAUL (2 Cor. 7:2-11)

THE HEART OF PAUL (2 Cor. 7:2-11)

June 4, 2012

Do your emotions tell others about you? 

Do they describe what you are passionate about? 

Do they tell the ones you love how sincere you are when you apologize for causing them grief? 

Do they reveal how you deal with worry, fear, and trials, as well as joy, happiness, and love? 

This is what this lesson is about.  First, Paul lets us into the depths of his heart as he reveal his emotions of fear and then joy.  Then Paul shows us the emotions of a person who genuinely is repenting of the sin in their lives.  

Paul will challenge how you go about telling God that you are repentant of the sins you have committed, and then he describes the characteristics of genuine repentance. 

Listen and rejoice to the heart of an apostle.

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