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Obedience to the Word: The Evidence of Spiritual Wholeness

February 12, 2023 Speaker: John Bell Series: James: A Faith That Works

Passage: James 1:19–27

  1. Christian, examine your obedience, and thus your spiritual wholeness: hasty speech and anger do not please God (19-20)
  • Obedient Christians should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger (19)
  • Our anger does not produce “God’s righteousness” (20)


  1. Obedience to the word is THE mark of genuine Christianity (21-25)

Therefore, Christian

  • get rid of the sinful filth in your life and accept the word planted in you (21)
  • do not deceive yourself: do not merely listen to the word, obey it (22-24)
  • carefully study God’s word, obey it, and be blessed (25)


  1. Three ways Christians obey the word (26-27).

(These manifestations of obedience to the word introduce or touch on key ideas James will return to later in the letter)

  • Controlling the tongue (1:19-20; 3:1-12; 4:11-12).
  • Concern for the helpless (2:1-13; 15-16; cf. 5:1-6).
  • Avoidance of worldliness (4:4-10).