Sermon 02-12-17: The source of fights and quarrels

  • Title:  The Source of Fights and Quarrels
  • Text:  James 4:1-6
  • Notes: James asks us a very direct and pointed question: what is the source of quarrels and conflicts among us? It is our tendency to blame others rather than to humbly admit that they come from within us. Foolish pride must be dealt with. Reconciliation with God corrects our proud hearts and brings a harvest of peace; peace with God, peace with others, and peace within.
  • Missed Scripture reading: Psalm 99

Sermon by Jeff Wagner

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Sermon 02-05-17: The Wisdom of God

  • Title:  The Wisdom of God
  • Text:  James 3:13-18
  • Notes:  In his opening instruction, James tells us that if we lack wisdom, we should ask for it from God. He has continued giving us instruction on God’s wisdom at various points throughout his letter and now he returns to it head on. God’s wisdom is revealed through the behavior of those who practice it. God’s wisdom produces a righteous harvest.

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Sermon 01-29-17: Controlling the Tongue (part 2)

  • Title:  Controlling the Tongue, Part 2
  • Text: James 3:1-12
  • Notes:  When we realize that our tongues are small yet can direct the entire course of our lives and that our tongues are often used in ways that do not bring glory to God, what do we do about it? James has already taught us: “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

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Sermon 01-22-17: Controlling the Tongue

  • Title:  Controlling the Tongue
  • Text:  James 3:1-12
  • Notes:  The way we talk and the words that come out of our mouths are indicators of what is happening inside our hearts. James’ letter has a great deal of instruction on our speech and as our hearts are laid bare by God’s word, we are again humbled by His love.
  • Scripture reading: Psalm 27

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Sermon 2017-01-15: Faith without works is dead (part 2)

 

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  • Title:  Faith without works is dead (part 2)
  • Text:  James 2:14-26
  • Notes:  In James’ instruction on faith, he gives us two examples; Abraham and Rahab. They might seem like polar opposites as far as faith is concerned, yet both showed their faith through action.
  • Missed Scripture reading: Mark 8:27-38

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Sermon 2017-01-08: Faith without works is dead

  • Title: Faith without works is dead
  • Text: James 2:14-26
  • Notes: James teaches us that faith is more than intellectual assent to God’s truth.  True faith is active and we express our faith in how we act, not in what we say alone.

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