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“THE CHURCH SCATTERED

JAMES 1:1

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What have you done in your life so far that will outlast your memory here on earth. In
other words if you are not George Washington, Lincoln, Napoleon or someone like that,
what will remain beyond you? This morning I am going to invite you to be a part of the
only thing that lasts! The Bible clearly says that God has set the rules and only what is
done for Christ will last. This morning serving Christ as a part of His church is all that
can last.
James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes
which are scattered abroad, greeting. (KJV)
James presents to us unvarnished Pioneer or Classic Christianity. He is speaking as the
Pastor of the real 1st church!
I.
“JAMESwas one of four brothers and two sisters of Jesus who were fully children
of Joseph and Mary. Jesus was born through the supernatural conception known as
the virgin birth. James rose to the place of pastoring the church at Jerusalem. He
is profiled in Acts 12:17, 15:13-21, 21:18; Galatians 2:9-10.
A.
JAMES IS THE VISIBLE LEADER OF THE JERUSALEM CHURCH. (Note the apostle
James dies in Acts 12:2). Acts 12:17 But motioning to them with his hand
to keep silent, he declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the
prison. And he said, “Go, tell these things to James and to the brethren.”
And he departed and went to another place. (NKJV)
B.
JAMES WAS A PART OF THE COMMISSIONING OF PAUL TO HIS MISSIONARY
JOURNEYS. Galatians 2:9-10 and when James, Cephas, and John, who
seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they
gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we [should go] to
the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 10 [They desired] only that we
should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do.
(NKJV)
C.
JAMES WAS THE SHEPHERD AND PASTOR OF THE JERUSALEM CHURCH AT THE
COUNCIL TO DETERMINE WHAT TO DO ABOUT GENTILES COMING TO CHRIST. Acts
15:13-21 And after they had become silent, James answered, saying, “Men
[and] brethren, listen to me: 14 “Simon has declared how God at the first
visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for His name. 15 “And with
this the words of the prophets agree, just as it is written: 16 ‘After this I will
return And will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will
rebuild its ruins, And I will set it up; 17 So that the rest of mankind may

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seek the LORD, Even all the Gentiles who are called by My name, Says the
LORD who does all these things.’ 18 “Known to God from eternity are all His
works. 19 “Therefore I judge that we should not trouble those from among
the Gentiles who are turning to God, 20 “but that we write to them to
abstain from things polluted by idols, [from] sexual immorality, [from]
things strangled, and [from] blood. 21 “For Moses has had throughout many
generations those who preach him in every city, being read in the
synagogues every Sabbath.” (NKJV)
D.
JAMES WAS THE MOST PROMINENT MEMBER OF THE JERUSALEM CHURCH TO WHOM
PAUL REPORTED AFTER HIS 3RD MISSIONARY JOURNEY. Acts 21:18 On the
following [day] Paul went in with us to James, and all the elders were
present. (NKJV)
II.
A SERVANT OF GOD AND OF THE LORD JESUS CHRISTWhat do Moses, Paul, James
and Peter all have in common with us, the Tribulation saints and the future
inhabitants of Heaven? All are called by God — HIS SERVANTS! The word
“servant” is used over 889x in the Bible. It is a big concept.
III. “To the 12 tribes scattered” What is James talking about? To find out we need to
turn to Acts 8:1,4 and then 11:19. It is a church fleeing the persecutions. And that
is the repeated scene of the early church in Acts. What we see is a bold and
fearless group being driven out of place after place by persecution. There are no
less than 47 different times of persecution recorded. Among these are:
A. Accosted publically 4:1
B. Imprisoned 4:3; 12:4; 24:23
C. Public intimidation 4:6
D. Threatened 4:18
E. Roughed up 5:18; 21:27-28
F. Arrested and tried 5:26-27
G. Flogged 5:40
H. Blasphemed 6:10-13; 13:45; 18:6;
I. Hated 7:54
J. Stoned to death 7:58-59; 14:19-20
K. Ravaged 8:3
L. Murderous plans against them 9:1-2
M. Death threats 9:23-25; 14:5-6; 20:3; 23:12
N. Persecution 11:19-20
O. Rushed upon 12:1
P. Butchered 12:2
Q. Opposed 13:8; 14:2; 15:1;
R. Driven out 13:50-51
S. Harsh treatment 16:19-21
T. Cruel beating 16:22-23
U. Mob violence 17:5-6; 17:13-14; 19:23; 19:28-29;
V. Slandered 17:18; 19:9; 24:5;
W. Sneered upon 17:32
X. Dragged around 18:12
Y. Whipped (tupto) 18:17; 23:2
Z. Discouraged by brethren 20:23-24;

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AA.
BB.
CC.
Mob beating 21:30-31
Stretched out for scourging 22:24-25
Torn in pieces 23:10
DD. Forgotten 24:27
And what is the responses of this persecuted and scattered group of people so
much like you and me?
IV.

A. Praying 1:14
B. Speaking in ever way possible about Christ 2:1 (31 different words for 160
different occasions in Acts they speak for Christ )
C. Worshipping God 2:42-47
D. Sharing their resources 4:32-37
E. Rejoicing to be worthy to suffer for Christ 5:41
V. WITNESSING IN ACTS: Thirty-one terms in the Greek are found in Acts for
Christian verbal communication, and altogether they are used about 160 times.
Of these, the words evangelize or preach the Gospel proclaim, announce, testify,
speak boldly, speak freely, and prophesy suggest what might be thought of as
formal delivery. Yet they represent less than a third of all the usages of speaking
words. The other terms are teach, reason, exhort, answer, speak, charge,
ministrate, prove, confound, relate, expound, confirm, explain, persuade, confute
utterly, greet, address, speak in defense, admonish, draw out, set forth, cry out,
talk and say. Many words are used in references to both ordained church
spokesmen and un-ordained believers. This raises an interesting question in
regard to what usage pertains to a call to preach. Since there are thirty-one
words in Acts that indicate speaking, one has to ask which word for speaking is
meant. What would distinguish that form of preaching from the speech of any
other member of the church?

VI. What can we do? Let me just share some ideas for the 1in 5 of you that are our
young people. Jr. High, grade school, high school and college. I’d like to give you
three challenges:
A. Raise the Flag this week by taking your Bible to work or school and reading

it at lunch or on break; bow your head and pray for your food; tell people
you belong to Christ . . . raise the flag of your King and let them know.
B. Start a Collection. While you are young and your mind is fresh and so
receptive collect some verses that will shape you for life: Psalm 1, 23, 100,
119; I Cor. 13, Romans 6-8; James 3-4. . . and so many more!
C. Plant some seeds. Take a tract from Mardells and give them out to friends to
read. You may save one on the way to suicide or a horrible mistake. Share
your testimony with someone each week at school, work, on the sports field
or as you spend time with friends!
Are you a part of anything that will outlast your memory here on earth. What will remain
beyond you? This morning I am going to invite you to be a part of the only thing that
lasts! The Bible clearly says that God has set the rules and only what is done for Christ
will last. This morning serving Christ as a part of His church is all that can last. Have you
received Christ?

 
 
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