James: Risks

James: Risks

Sermon for October 18th, 2020 James: A Practical Picture of Faith From the first to the last verse of the book of James, God gives us one of the most practical pictures of the Christian faith in the entire Bible. Written to a people who were scattered and suffering, James envisions communities of faith caring, providing, and praying for one another as they show what the life of Christ looks like in action. Possibly more than any other New Testament book, this letter from James lifts our lives far above the superficial religious formalities we are so prone to settle for and sets our sights on active, authentic faith that makes a difference in the needs of the world around us. Week 6: Risks  Rahab risked it all to follow after a God that she was not fully aware of. Why did she do it? Rahab was a recipient of God’s amazing Grace. She feared and respected the God of the Israelites. Rahab’s involvement could have certainly cost her life and was willing to do what she thought was right. What are we willing to risk for the sake of God’s glory? Christ is basis of our justification. Faith is the means of our justification. Works are the evidence of our justification. All of these things are only possible by the grace of God. Listen to the message today and be challenged by God’s Word.

James: Sacrifices

Sermon for October 11th, 2020 James: A Practical Picture of Faith From the first to the last verse of the book of James, God gives us one of the most practical pictures of the Christian faith in the entire Bible. Written to a people who were scattered and suffering, James envisions communities of faith caring, providing, and praying for one another as they show what the life of Christ looks like in action. Possibly more than any other New Testament book, this letter from James lifts our lives far above the superficial religious formalities we are so prone to settle for and sets our sights on active, authentic faith that makes a difference in the needs of the world around us. Week 5:  Sacrifices This is one of the most difficult passages in all of Scripture. Faith is presented from two different perspectives. It seems as though James and Paul contradict each other, but maybe they stand back to back fighting different enemies. This is not about maturity levels of faith. James says there is faith and then there is dead faith, the kind even the demons have (which really isn’t a faith at all). Living faith does save. Righteousness also needs to be understood. God makes us right by what he has done this is perfection. There is a second kind of righteousness, how we are living. This is not perfection because we keep sinning. The term “Works” can be used negatively like legalism, but James uses it positively as the fruit of faith. We need to distinguish faith, righteousness and works. Faith creates works. Listen to the message today and be challenged by God’s Word.

James: Loves

Sermon for October 4th, 2020 James: A Practical Picture of Faith From the first to the last verse of the book of James, God gives us one of the most practical pictures of the Christian faith in the entire Bible. Written to a people who were scattered and suffering, James envisions communities of faith caring, providing, and praying for one another as they show what the life of Christ looks like in action. Possibly more than any other New Testament book, this letter from James lifts our lives far above the superficial religious formalities we are so prone to settle for and sets our sights on active, authentic faith that makes a difference in the needs of the world around us. Week 4: Loves  What is true religion? Religion is not the hoops or rituals that we go through that have no purpose. Marks of true and acceptable religion: controlled speech, sacrificial care, and clear separation from the ways of the world. Faith always expresses itself through love. We, the Body of Christ, are a reflection of the mercy of Christ do we show it?  Where have we held discrimination in our heart? James gives practical details on discrimination. We have been saved through Christ we boast only in what he has done for us. It’s a love that should not end with us but flow through us. Listen to the message today and be challenged by God’s Word.

James: Obeys

Sermon for September 27th, 2020 James: A Practical Picture of Faith From the first to the last verse of the book of James, God gives us one of the most practical pictures of the Christian faith in the entire Bible. Written to a people who were scattered and suffering, James envisions communities of faith caring, providing, and praying for one another as they show what the life of Christ looks like in action. Possibly more than any other New Testament book, this letter from James lifts our lives far above the superficial religious formalities we are so prone to settle for and sets our sights on active, authentic faith that makes a difference in the needs of the world around us. Week 3: Obeys Are you an active listener? Do you take notes on every message? Do you do what God’s Word says to do? We pride ourselves in listening intently but do we take it the next step and actually do what it says? James does not want his listener to merely hear what he has to say, he said by that we deceive ourselves. James writes, “Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.” Why do we hear God’s Word but continue living lives of deceit, sin and selfishness? Hearing doesn’t guarantee understanding.  When we understand it shows in our actions. Let’s not merely be hearers but doers of the Word. Listen to the message today and be challenged by God’s Word.

James: Perseveres

Sermon for September 20th, 2020 James: A Practical Picture of Faith From the first to the last verse of the book of James, God gives us one of the most practical pictures of the Christian faith in the entire Bible. Written to a people who were scattered and suffering, James envisions communities of faith caring, providing, and praying for one another as they show what the life of Christ looks like in action. Possibly more than any other New Testament book, this letter from James lifts our lives far above the superficial religious formalities we are so prone to settle for and sets our sights on active, authentic faith that makes a difference in the needs of the world around us. Week 2: Perseveres  James is speaking to a group a Christians that are experiencing increasingly difficult times. The Roman empire is not sympathetic to Christians or their faith, quite the opposite. The Jewish leaders are causing uproar and the Romans just want them to be silent. Nero finds out they can be used to take the blame for Rome burning. The first part of the book calls them to persevere even in the worst of circumstances. This is not only a call to survive, but thrive in the face of objection. Listen to the message today and be challenged by God’s Word.

James: A World Changing Life

Sermon for September 13th, 2020 James: A Practical Picture of Faith From the first to the last verse of the book of James, God gives us one of the most practical pictures of the Christian faith in the entire Bible. Written to a people who were scattered and suffering, James envisions communities of faith caring, providing, and praying for one another as they show what the life of Christ looks like in action. Possibly more than any other New Testament book, this letter from James lifts our lives far above the superficial religious formalities we are so prone to settle for and sets our sights on active, authentic faith that makes a difference in the needs of the world around us. Week 1: Acts  In this opening sermon we establish the relationship between faith and works. This means that saving faith is not partly what God does and partially what we do through works. There is a constant tension in the life of a Christian that has saving faith. God gives faith to us so that we can trust and believe the Good News. God also calls us to go and serve the least of us. Faith in action is the evidence of the truth of saving Grace in the life of the believer. What is faith? What is faith in action? God’s word is sending us into Action, to change the world around us. Listen to the message today and be challenged by God’s Word.