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We will be back into James this Sunday, with PART 2 of the
opening verses of James 2, again showing us God’s disdain for the sin of partiality, and calling us to LIVE like we have been forgiven, because we have!!
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The pursuit of true peace is impossible without the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives – it is the fruit, the evidence He dwells in us. We simply can’t do it only in our own strength, no matter how hard we try.
We open up chapter 2 and deal with partiality. Our Savior and Lord is very concerned about HOW YOU and I as His children, treat other people, even people that we don’t know well, or people who are different than us.
We get a helpful exhortation from James 1:22-27 to build the daily habit of OBEDIENCE to God’s Word; not just being a HEARER but a DOER of the Truth!
What kind of people do we need at Faith Bible Church as we move into a new facility? You might think that hard-working, practically perfect people would be the ideal. Nothing could be further from the truth. God desires the church to be filled with imperfect, failed and flawed people who will depend entirely upon Him. He doesn’t want your pretend-perfection. He wants you to trust Him entirely with all of your life.
JAMES transitions to a new topic, challenging his readers in a whole new way, and tests believers over their response to God’s Word. Today, in doctrinally sound churches, we find the same responses to the preaching and teaching of the Bible. There is the response of HEARING ONLY and the response of HEARING and DOING.
Gentleness is an inner attitude of the mind and heart that is completely surrendered to God’s will. It accepts every circumstance as God’s good for us and does not argue against or resist anything He brings our way.
We continue in James with verses 13-18 Part Two: we focus again on the process of temptation and how God’s character and God’s salvation make all the difference in overcoming the temptation to sin.
James starts a new topic, from trials to temptations, with the focus on YOU and I taking responsibility for our sins. Don’t blame God for the temptations to sin, look in the mirror to see the person to blame—and understand just how the temptation to sin works. When you understand how temptation begins you will be more prone to resist it.
James wraps up his paragraph on trials. There were great tensions between the poor and the rich in the first century so as James wraps up trials, he describes them as the great equalizer as well as the great endurance test for believers.
WHY ME, James answers the question of trials but calling Christians to pray for Wisdom and trust his loving control
Faithfulness is to be trustworthy when you are not supervised. It’s being trustworthy when your efforts seem unnoticed. Faithfulness can sometimes be the difference between good intentions and actions. Not done perfectly, but attempted prayerfully.
This Sunday, I am so excited about our passage. We we will exposit through James on how Christians live different through their designed trials.