November 22, 2020 Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor
INTRODUCTION James 5:19-20 My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth, and one turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death, and will cover a multitude of sins.
1. THREE QUESTIONS WE SHOULD ASK.
A. Who are the “straying” ones about whom James refers?
James is talking about Christians who have walked away from God.
B. What is the truth Christians have turned away from?
C. What is our role toward our fallen Christian friend?
2. THREE STEPS WE SHOULD TAKE. (GALATIANS 6:1-2)
A. Galatians 6:1-2 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you who are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering yourself, lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (KJV)
B. Step One – We must be right before God before trying to help someone else return to God.
1. Matthew 7:1-5 Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. 2 For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged. 3 And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. (NLT2)
2. Be honest about yourself and get right yourself.
C. Step Two – Having the right attitude is more important than having the right words.
1. Galatians 6:1-2 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you who are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering yourself, lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. (KJV)
2. A right attitude requires meekness.
a. Meekness is not weakness. Meekness means, “power under control.”
b. Kindness does not mean that we pretend that wrong is not wrong.
3. A right attitude requires being honest with ourselves about our own weaknesses.
a. If you were away from God and couldn’t seem to get back on your own, how would you want someone else to treat you as they helped you back onto the path?
b. Matthew 7:12 Therefore, however you want people to treat you, so treat them.
D. Step Three – Be willing to get involved in the person’s life.
1. Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.
2. Part of restoring a person is bending down and helping to shoulder some of the load.
3. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 All praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the source of every mercy and the God who comforts us. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 5 You can be sure that the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.
4. Oftentimes God uses our difficulties to create new ministries in our lives.
3. GOD’S CHALLENGE TO US IS TO BE WILLING TO BE USED BY HIM TO RESTORE SOMEONE ELSE.
A. James 5:20 …let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
B. The word “save” simply means to rescue. The word “soul” here is the Greek word psyche which means a person’s mind, will and emotions.