Travis Ogle

Restoring a Wanderer

The Book of James
Jul 25, 2021
James 5:19 – 20

In this message, Pastor Travis concludes our study of the New Testament book of James and teaches from chapter 5 regarding how to restore a wanderer.

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RESTORING A WANDERER


James 5:19 – 20


 


“My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.” James 5:19-20


 


WHO IS A WANDERER?


 


Wandering is a gradual moving away from something.


 


“These are the only two options: regression or progression. There is no such thing as static Christianity. A Christian cannot shift life into neutral or idle for a while. You can move forward, or you can slide backward. If you’re not moving forward, you are automatically drifting backwards.” –Tony Evans


 


“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.” John 10:27 – 29


 


James brings us within the local church and urges us to watch for anyone who is losing grip on the truth, and in whose way of life the error of sin is showing itself. –John Stott


 


Progression of a Wanderer



  • Neglect – Taking faith for granted

  • Insensitivity – Viewing sin as not so sinful

  • Resistance – Ceasing to listen and grow

  • Isolation – Pulling away from relationships

  • Rebellion – Engaging in patterns of sin


 


WHO IS A RESTORER?


 


Approach of a Restorer:



  • Prayer


  • Humility

  • Honesty

  • Patience and Trust




WHAT IS THE REWARD?


 


He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30

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