FAITH THAT WORKS: # Respond with Joy in Trying Times" (James 1:1-12)

Sermon Date: 
Apr 15 2018
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SERMON NOTES - The below is a summary for your spiritual reflection and further study.

I. WHY JAMES?
A. learn genuine faith-work practices from James, the half-brother of Jesus
B. faith is mentioned 14 x times / 59 different commands
C. to be encouraged & empowered for radical obedience that witnesses our living-faith in our communities

II. WHY TRIALS?
A. opportunity for God to mature you towards Christ-likeness
B. tests your faith & reliance upon God
C. prepares you for eternal rewards

III. FAITH RESPONDS BY:
A. pure joy, “Holy Optimism” – Warren Wiersbe
B. hanging on & holding firm (keeping disciplined)
C. confidently seeking wisdom from God
D. having a right perspective in your spiritual position with God

IV. RESULT?
A. deeper trust in God (Christian maturity) than worldly resources
B. blessed & rewarded by God

V. GROWING DEEPER WITH GOD THIS WEEK
*Journaling in Reflection*
A. Read James 1:1-12. How is God speaking to you?
B. How has God refined your maturity through the trials in your life?
C. If currently going through a difficult trial, what remains the reason to be joyful as a believer in Jesus Christ?

Learning Together in Christ,
Pastor Trevor