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Sermons on James

Temptation

Temptation is the enticement to sin and is rooted in our own evil desire. While the devil serves as a source of temptation, the decision to indulge in our desires is internally conceived. Acting on temptation is an ‘inside job’ and so we are to be vigilant against its enticement. James 1:12-27 ESV 12 Blessed…

Faith that Works

The first chapter of James proceeds quickly from trials to maturity to wisdom. When we begin to recognise trials as a privilege that God allows, we can then discover joy and maturity. This process isn’t natural so we need God’s wisdom for it to properly run its course. James 1:1-15 ESV Greeting 1 James, a…

Facing Trials

The New Testament book of James is an intensely practical letter, focusing on how Christians should behave as we put the teachings of God’s Word into practice. Trials occur in every life but God enables believers to experience joy even in the midst of difficult circumstances. James 1:1-18 ESV Greeting 1 James, a servant[a] of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,…

Pure Religion

This message begins by considering the fact that Christianity is a religion as well as a faith. As such it can be misguided, but James shows the principles of both pure and practical religion, lived in the sight of God. James 1:26-27 English Standard Version 26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not…

Rejoice in Perfection

This message begins by calling us to rejoice in trials, then shows that we know that trials are a positive part of the Christian life. Their aim under God is to bring us to completeness rather than being left in a position of lacking. James 1:2-4 English Standard Version Testing of Your Faith 2 Count…

Draw Near to God

These messages address the realities of spiritual battles and how we respond as Christians. It is important that we resist these trials, but we do that by strengthening our grip on God. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will…

The Heart of the Problem

Looking at the argument of James 4 this message shows us that all issues of human conflict begin within the hearts of people and that the only solution is to Draw Near to God, subjecting oneself to His gracious order. He will deal with our hearts and equip us to live for Him and other people. 7…