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   James Wrap Up
   James 1:26-27; 2:20-25
Sunday School,  September 18, 2016
This is the last session in the Epistle of James, a very practical study for living the Christian life. FAITH and SUFFERING are two themes that stand out in the text. A lot of people will claim to have faith but not a faith that works. James wrote, "If faith hath not works, it is dead." When Jesus preached the Gospel, it resulted in disciples, not couch potatoes. Genuine faith will be manifested in service. The suffering was the result of persecution which caused many believers to scatter to other countries. Being a child of God is not a guarantee of freedom from suffering. Those that endured were counted as happy in as much as their suffering caused them both to identify with Christ and to advance in their likeness to Christ (James 2:11).

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   Prayer Is God's Answer for Disillusioned Christians
   James 5:13-20
Sunday School,  July 3, 2016
Is this passage designed to deal with physical healing or spiritual healing? What is meant by "the prayer of faith shall save the sick"? How does Elijah's prayer for rain fit into a discussion on healing?

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   Wrapping Up James – Part 3
   James
Sunday School,  June 12, 2016
This is the third lesson reviewing and thinking about some of the subjects and issues we encountered in our study in the letter James written to the believers scattered into the different parts of the known world of that day.

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   Wrapping Up James – Part 2
   James 1
Sunday School,  June 5, 2016
This is the second lesson reviewing and thinking about some of the subjects and issues we encountered in our study in the letter James written to the believers scattered into the different parts of the known world of that day. In today's session, we will consider the Double Minded Person, Asking in Faith and the Perfect Law of Liberty. It is important for every believer to understand the freedom that is ours expressed in the Law of Liberty.

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   Perfect Patience
   James 5:7-12
Sunday School,  May 29, 2016
Patience involves suffering long without complaint or groaning. It also is used for endurance or waiting on God without complaining. Patience is made difficult by the "natural man's" focus on me, my desires, my needs. How does God use every nuisance in our lives for something good?

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   Who Controls Our Lives?
   James 5
Sunday School,  May 15, 2016
Our live must not include our faith. Our faith must determine our lives.

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   James Three Summary
   James 3
Sunday School,  April 10, 2016
James covers a wide variety of topics related to discipleship and Christian growth. It would appear that some of the saints were having problems with their tongues (James 1:26; 2:12; 3:1-12; 4:1, 11-12). It is most interesting that James places the subjects of the tongue and wisdom together. The tongue seems to get a lot of people into trouble while wisdom could keep the trouble from occurring and resolve any problems caused by it. Some of the problems of the tongue include slander, gossip, flattery, exaggeration, insinuation and even silence. Some think tongue problems are not that serious but God's Word is clear that whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all (James 2:10).

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   Of Teachers and the Tongue
   James 3:1-12
Sunday School,  March 6, 2016
The first century church was an amalgamation of Jewish and Gentile believers who had to be educated in Christian behavior.

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   The Believer's Responsibility to the Word of God
   James 1:19-22
Sunday School,  February 28, 2016
James 1:22 exhorts us to be "doers of the Word, and not hearers only." The pastor is required in Scripture to feed the sheep, over which the Holy Ghost has made him overseer of the local church (Acts 20:28). This involves 1) intense study of the Word of God, 2) understanding the original language and culture in which it was spoken, 3) sound hermeneutics which is the principle and method of interpreting the text of God's Word (2 Timothy 2:15) and 4) the exposition, which is the process of carefully translating the Word into food for the hearers. The believer's responsibility begins with being swift to hear, having an intense hunger for the Word which assists him in properly receiving it (James 1:19).

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   Genuine Faith
   James 2:14-26
Sunday School,  February 21, 2016
Two ways, two kinds of faith, two kinds of works, two kinds of justification. Which kind is yours?

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   Favoritism: Corporately and Individually
   James 2:1-3
Sunday School,  February 14, 2016
Why is respect of persons sinful? What is God's view of favoritism?

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   Christian Behavior Towards the World
   James 1:19-27
Sunday School,  January 17, 2016
How does God expect Christians to act towards the world?

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   Good Only Comes from God; Bad Only from Man
   James 1:13-20
Sunday School,  January 10, 2016
Who ultimately gets the blame evil and death? Who gets credit for all truly good?

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   God's Blessings in Financial Trials
   James 1:1-12
Sunday School,  January 3, 2016
Do you ever face trials? James writes to believers who are facing incredible financial trials and gives them hope. And he says that you must rejoice! How can we do such a thing? God gives incredible blessings in trials. He is perfecting your character. He promises the wisdom you need. Not only that, but He offers eternal rewards. You have cause to rejoice!

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   Gifts of God in James Chapter One
   James 1:17-27
Sunday School,  November 29, 2015
God is always good. The sooner we hear and do His word, the sooner we are blessed.

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   Dealing with Temptaion
   James 1:2-16
Sunday School,  November 22, 2015
James explains to the church how to deal with temptation and the penalties if you don't.

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   Introduction to James
   James 1:1
Sunday School,  November 15, 2015
Francis of Assisi and an apprentice went to a certain village to preach. They visited with many people, encouraging them in the faith and sharing Christ with others. Francis said that it was time to return home and the apprentice said, "But we have not yet preached." Francis said: "We did preach as the people watched, listened and responded to us. Every word we have spoken and every deed was a sermon." This illustration sums up the emphasis in the Epistle of James, which is practical and not doctrinal. The epistle teaches us that a living faith is evidenced by righteous living. It is an important book for us to study as the believer's belief is matched by his behavior. This will be the emphasis of our study together in James.

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   The New Testament Idea of Repentance – Part 1
   Acts 15:19; 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10; James 5:19-20; 2 Corinthians 7:5-11
Wednesday Evening Service,  March 11, 2015
 
“Repent!” is the first sermon ever preached in the New Testament, for John the Baptist and Jesus himself came preaching, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (e.g., Mark 1:4, 15; Matt 3:2, 8; 4:17; Luke 3:3; 5:32). But there is sometimes confusion about this idea of repentance, especially regarding its place in the gospel and in the Christian's daily walk. Therefore, I hope to look at the meaning of this word, “repent,” how the word is used in the New Testament, and what it means for us today as we witness and walk with Christ.

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   Peace in the Midst of a Storm
   James 1:2-5
Sunday Morning Service,  January 20, 2013
 
Life is full of trials. Jesus said in John 16:33 that in this life there will be tribulation. He also said to be of good cheer since He has overcome the world. This message gives key principles on how to deal with the trials of life that we all must face.

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   Instruction in Prayer
   James 4:1-4; Matthew 6:7-13; Ephesians 6:18; Hebrews 4:14-16
Wednesday Evening Service,  August 29, 2012
Why is it God does not answer my prayers? This is an oft asked question and for the most part the answer is given in James 4:3 – Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss that ye may consume it upon your lusts. God has given us specific instructions as to how we are to pray and even what we should pray. Getting our prayers answered is directly related to praying as God has instructed us in His Word.

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   The Doctrine of God: The Attributes of God – Part 2
   James 1:17
Sunday School,  February 27, 2011
As we continue to study the self-revelation of God in Scripture, we look at God's immutability, freedom, truth, holiness, love, omnipotence, and omniscience.

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   Repentance and Doing God's Will
   James 4:7-17
Sunday School,  July 27, 2008
Living under the influence of the wisdom from beneath has caused those addressed in this epistle to have a wrong relationship with others and God. James completes his challenge by reminding them of the need to repent and then return to the wisdom from above.

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   Godly Repentance Results in Wisdom from Above
   James 4:7-10
Sunday School,  July 20, 2008
When the person living out worldly wisdom turns to God with repentance, his heart and actions change and the life of wisdom from above becomes evident.

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   The Effects of Worldly Wisdom
   James 4:1-6
Sunday School,  July 13, 2008
James reminds his readers that if they live according to worldly wisdom, they can expect warfare, wickedness, and worldliness.

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   The Characteristics of True Wisdom
   James 3:13-18
Sunday School,  July 6, 2008
Throughout the book of James, the Apostle continually asks the same question: How real is your religion? In 3:13-18, James again asks his question, this time doing so using the topic of wisdom. Using a contrast between heavenly wisdom and earthly wisdom, James presents the major attributes that characterize those who are wise according to God’s standards and those who are wise according to this world. At the end of the descriptions, the believer must ask himself, "How real is my wisdom, and do I posses the characteristics of true wisdom?"

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   The Christian Use of the Tongue
   James 3:1-12
Sunday School,  June 29, 2008
The human tongue is a little piece of flesh that can function like a lethal weapon. Although we may not realize it, all of us have the ability to do either great good or great evil with the words that roll off of our tongues. In James 3:1-12, the Apostle addresses the use of the tongue with this thesis in mind: genuine religion should exert a controlling influence over a person’s tongue. Replete with illustrative material that effectively drives home his point, in this section the Apostle James teaches us about the Christian use of the tongue.

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   Verbal Generosity or Vital Godliness
   James 2:14-26
Sunday School,  June 22, 2008
This is a discussion of the divorce between profession of faith and manner of life. James says that a profession is worthless without obedience whereas the modern church says you can have one without the other.

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   Favoritism in the Fellowship
   James 2:1-13
Sunday School,  June 15, 2008
Respect of persons is more than just a bad idea. It has far-reaching implications for both the individual and the church.

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   Hearers and Doers
   James 1:19-27
Sunday School,  June 1, 2008
Being hearers of the Word and doers of the Word are often contrasted one with another. In Scripture they are never meant to contrast but to complement each other. The Christian life cannot be lived with one to the exclusion of the other.

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   Taking Responsibility for Temptation
   James 1:13-18
Sunday School,  May 25, 2008
People often look to cast blame for their temptation. Some blame others. Some blame God. Where does the real responsibility lie?

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   Wisdom in Trials
   James 1:5-12
Sunday School,  May 18, 2008
Wisdom has its source in God and we must apply to God for that wisdom.

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   Rejoicing in Trials
   James 1:1-4
Sunday School,  May 11, 2008
This lesson looks at how the Christian should view trials in light of James' admonition to be joyful.

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   The Epistle of James: A Biblical Theology
   James
Sunday School,  May 4, 2008
This morning I introduce our new Sunday School series on the epistle of James with two purposes in mind: to survey the background to the epistle and to tell you about a way of studying the Bible known as "biblical theology." The lesson will progress in three parts: (1) a definition of biblical theology; (2) the background to the epistle of James; (3) a brief look at the theology of James.

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   Elijah's Effectual Prayer for Rain
   1 Kings 18:41-46; James 5:16-18
Sunday Afternoon Service,  November 11, 2007
 
Can I pray in such a way that God will actually hear me? Many believers struggle with the assurance that God will actually hear and answer them when they pray. Elijah's example in the Bible assures us that we can pray effectual prayers by teaching us the nature of effectual prayer.

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   How Do You Tackle the Trials of Life?
   James 1:1-6
Sunday Morning Service,  July 8, 2007
 
How do you tackle the trials of life? In this challenging and encouraging sermon, Dr. Carl Herbster, pastor of Tri-City Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri, assures us that God's people can find joy and victory in the midst of difficulty and trial. By examining the text of James 1, we are comforted to know that God's providence controls our life, that He has a good purpose for us behind the trial, and that we can have victory by remembering God's promises.

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   Can We Pray Like Elijah?
   James 5:13-18
Sunday Morning Service,  May 21, 2006
 
Do you have to be a "spiritual giant" in order to pray powerful prayers? Elijah, James says, was just like us; and yet, through his prayers, the rain was stopped and a mighty system of pagan worship was brought to its knees. How can we pray Elijah-like prayers?

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   Prayer in the Status Quo
   James 5:13-16
Sunday Morning Service,  April 30, 2006
 
The epistle of James is known for its practical instruction to believers. In this passage, James' exhortation concerning prayer reminds us that prayer is to be a normal, practical part of the believer's experience. To neglect, therefore, the activity of prayer is to disobey God's will for us as His people.

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