FAITH THAT WORKS: "God's Not to Blame" (James 1:13-18)

Sermon Date: 
Apr 22 2018
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SERMON NOTES & REFLECTION

Main Idea: Understanding the power of temptation and the presence of God’s goodness to overcome it!

I. TEMPTATION & SIN
A. Temptation is not a sin (Heb. 4:15).
B. Temptation is a desire that invites one to act unfaithful or disobedient towards God.
C. Sin agrees with the desire and acts upon it.
D. Faithfulness does not allow trials to turn into seductions to sin.

II. SOURCE OF TEMPTATION (v.13-14)
A. God…? “No one should say that God is tempting me”.
B. Satan…? Satan tempts but is not accountable for our acts of sin.
C. You…? Temptations come from our own heart’s desire.

III. PROGRESS OF SIN (v.14-15)
A. Desire (“lust”): “…each one is tempted, by his own evil desires…”
B. Deception (“enticed” & “unbelief”): The serpent questioned, “Did God really say…” (Gen. 3:1)
C. Disobedience (“sin”): When we act against the ways of God.
D. Death (“separation”): Sin causes spiritual, physical, and eternal death & separation from God.

IV. OVERCOMING TEMPTATION THROUGH GOD'S FAITHFULNESS (v.16-18)
A. Focus on Jesus & His strategies (purpose, prayer, God’s Word).
B. Focus on God’s Good Gifts (v. 17-18)
C. Flee in God’s Power (1. Cor. 10:13)

V. GROWING DEEPER WITH GOD THIS WEEK
*Journaling in Reflection*
A. What areas are you being tempted to doubt and/or disobey God?
B. How is your Christian faith being examined through trials?
C. Re-read James 1:13-18. What practical steps need to be applied
to triumph over your temptations?
D. Share with another person (trusted friend, spouse) and enter into a time of prayer
together.

For His Kingdom,
Pastor Trevor