James 1:26-27 (892)


         A.  This morning we will focus on what James has written about religion.  Our lesson
               text is James 1:26-27.

         B.  Now before we delve into our study, let’s ask two questions:  Am I religious? That’s
               yes or no.  What does that mean?

         C.  For a few minutes let’s focus on four signs of genuine religion.  James 1:26-27       

     I.  Genuine religion bridles the tongue.  James 1:26

         A.  Why is it necessary to be on constant alert to bridle the tongue?

               1.  Because the tongue controls the whole person.  James 3:1-4

               2.  Because the tongue determines the course of nature (life).  James 3:6

               3.  Because the tongue can not be completely tamed.  James 3:7-8

               4.  Because it is not appropriate to bless God and curse people with the same tongue.
                    James 3:9-10

         B.  We need wisdom from God.  James 3:13,17

   II.  Genuine religion cares for orphans and widows (the needy).  James 1:27; 2:14-17

         A.  Example:  1 Corinthians 16:1-4 (851)

  III.  Genuine religion involves clean living.  James 1:27; Romans 12:1-2 (837)

  IV.  Genuine religion is accepted by God.  James 1:27; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (855)


          A.  Is my definition of religion the same as James has defined religion?

          B.  Two practices to keep our religion on track:  fellowshipping with God’s people and
                continuing in God’s word.