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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
April 19, 2015 | Josh McPherson
If we don't know where we've come from, why we're here, or where we're going, we won't know what to do. In this immensely practical passage, the book of James speaks to us in relationship to dreaming, planning, and pursuing the life God's called us to live.
April 26, 2015 | Adam James
May 03, 2015 | Adam James
In this message James takes on the tone of an Old Testament prophet and warns the ungodly rich of the weakness and deceitfulness of living for material wealth and possessions and the coming judgment for those who worship money. God cares about what we love and cares about how we live, especially how we relate to people and money. Rather than hoarding or defrauding others, the gospel frees us and calls us to be faithful stewards who give generously to bless others and further the Kingdom.
May 10, 2015 | Adam James
Patience is not passivity, it's actually the fruit of intense internal war for our hearts. Patience is not about waiting for our circumstances to change as much as it is experiencing heart change while we wait. External burdens lead to internal pressure, and the temptation to react in all kinds of destructive ways. Usually those closest to us bear the brunt of our impatience and grumbling. James calls his readers to be patient in the midst of suffering and to establish their hearts and guard their mouths from grumbling. When trials and storms come we need to establish our hearts with the truth that God is in charge and He is compassionate and faithful, and his coming is at hand. Jesus' patience lead to our salvation and he waits still for us and others to come to him. Need patience? Grab a Bible and follow along.
May 17, 2015 | Adam James
Are you struggling? Are you cheerful? Are you sick? James calls the individual, the leaders, and the entire church to pray as their first response, not their last resort when faced with struggles and sickness. Jesus invites us to come to him and acknowledge his involvement in our lives no matter what we are facing. There is untapped power in prayer for the people of God! Don't disqualify yourself. Elijah had a nature just like ours and God gave supernatural responses to the prayers of a mere man. It's not the greatness of the prayer, or the greatness of the person, but the greatness of God that works through prayer. Jesus loves his people and wants to help, get him involved through prayer!
May 24, 2015 | Adam James
What do busy streets, stair cases, and swimming pools have in common? Three great parenting fears! Every parent knows the danger that awaits little children who wander off. In the last sentence of James letter, he warns Christians of the danger of wandering from the truth and issues a call of action to be a rescuing community who brings back those who stray. Are you wandering from the faith? Do you know someone who is? There is amazing grace available to all who have wandered. This message will help equip you to come back to Jesus or to lovingly pursue those who need to be brought back.
May 31, 2015 | Adam James
In this final sermon of our series in James, we jump back into a section in chapter one that serves as a thesis or summary of the Book of James. James challenges us to be doers of the word and not hearers only. As we conclude the series, it is a fitting question to ask... Now that you've heard the book of James, how will you be different? What is Jesus calling you to do?
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