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The Dirty Dozen: James

July 18, 2021   /   Dr. Clayton Chisum   /   Central Baptist Church of Owasso

James the John Doe

Series: The Dirty Dozen — Week #9

July 18, 2021

Dr. Clayton Chisum

James the Son of Alphaeus

James is only mentioned four times in the Bible, and each time it’s just a name on a list of disciples. (Matthew 10:3, Mark 3:18, Luke 6:15, and Acts 1:13)

We don’t know anything about James, but he left a substantial legacy that is still felt today.

Ephesians 2:20 (ESV)


Principle One

Why does the Bible tell us so little about “little” James?

Maybe it’s meant to be an encouragement in our walk with God.

God has a different standard for .

God’s heroes are marked by faithfulness, endurance, obedience, and sacrifice.

The Lord loves to use everyday kind of people. When he uses ordinary people, HE gets the glory!


Principle Two

When God forms you into his disciple, your life becomes a life of impact.

A life of impact may result in people your name.

Are you okay with that?

We want to be remembered deep down inside, because we want to know our lives were worth something.

John 3:26-30 (NLT)




If you want to make your life count, then and .

May the goal of our lives be not our name in lights, but rather God saying “Well done good and faithful servant.”

Others may not see the story we write, but Jesus does and He will bless you for it.

Mark 10:28,31 (NLT)


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