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Brother, Servant, Pastor, Martyr

Brother, Servant, Pastor, Martyr

February 08, 2015 | Josh McPherson

James is by far one of the most beloved epistles in the New Testament. Short and to the point, the book of James packs a punch. Light on complex arguments and heavy on real life, James issues a clarion call to live out the truth of Christianity. His main concern isn't orthodoxy, it's orthopraxy. Inner devotion results in external action. But who is James, and why should we bother listening to him? In this sermon launching our study in James, Pastor Josh answers both of those questions with a compelling picture of James, the brother of Jesus, as a man who's compelling message is still desperately needed in the church today.

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Joy Through Trials

Joy Through Trials

February 15, 2015 | Josh McPherson

James opens his letter with one of the most popular, mis-understood, mis-quoted texts on trials in all of the Bible. "Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials..." What in the world does that even mean? As Pastor Josh unpacks the text, the seemingly contradicting juxtaposition of joy and trials is cleared up and James' powerful and practical instructions for how to navigate trials shines through in this powerful message on how to think of and walk through trials of all kinds.

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The Destructive Nature of Partiality

The Destructive Nature of Partiality

March 15, 2015 | Josh McPherson

What if the church lied about the Kingdom of God and undercut the gospel every time we gathered together? This was exactly what was happening in the church during James' time, as they gave preferential treatment and seating to some and ignored others. And it still happens every day in the church. As James teaches on the destructive nature of partiality and how it cripples the mission of God in the church, we explore what the sin of partiality looks like in our life, why it's so devastating to other people, and how we can be freed from it by making sure we're sitting in the right seat.

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Saved By Works For Works

Saved By Works For Works

March 22, 2015 | Josh McPherson

The unapologetic teaching of Scripture is that salvation must be earned. In other words, we can only be saved by works. But how does that mesh with with being saved by grace? Which is it, grace or works? In this powerful passage, James boldly confronts those in the church who's faith is faulty and who have become experts at giving lip service to Jesus but have no lifestyle to match it. And he raises the most pressing question...how important are our works in relationship to our salvation?

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Life and Death from The Tongue

Life and Death from The Tongue

March 29, 2015 | Josh McPherson

The awesome and fearful power of the tongue. Untamable. Our tongue literally changes the course of our lives and of those around us. It can start wars or end them. Build up or tear down. It can be a restless evil set aflame from the pit of hell, or a well of living water when controlled by God's Spirit. In this message James teaches us that the only way we change our words is to first be changed by The Word, Jesus Christ.

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The Christian and Conflict

The Christian and Conflict

April 12, 2015 | Josh McPherson

While it takes different forms, the fact remains that conflict is everywhere. It can be verbal, emotional, physical, or even digital, but it's always relational. James writes the church to teach them where conflict comes from and how to overcome it in this practical teaching on how grace has changed our relationships.

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