James: Living Faith

Church

Tim Theule | James 5:13-20 | 6/3/2012

Because we’re such strident individualists, we tend to read the Bible very individualistically, with an I/me angle. We forget that this letter of James and most of the rest of the New Testament, was not written to individuals, but to local churches. What is life together in a local church supposed to look like and feel like? James paints a portrait here at the end of his letter.

Pray

Tim Theule | James 5:12-18 | 5/27/2012

As James closes his letter, he encourages us to pray, not once, but three times. He tells us when to pray and why to pray.

Endurance

Tim Theule | James 5:7-11 | 5/20/2012

No one likes to wait. Patience is excruciating. Here James, as he begins to wind down his short letter, reminds us that the Christian life is an exercise in patient endurance.

Judgment

Tim Theule | James 5:1-7 | 5/13/2012

James 5:1-7 arguably contains the harshest language in all the book. These words are directed at “the rich” who exploit the poor and tell of a sure judgment that’s coming. Who are these verses addressed to? What do we do with these verses? What can we learn from them?

Arrogance

Tim Theule | James 4:11-17 | 5/6/2012

Arrogance has many forms and expressions. This text explores how arrogance expresses itself in relationships to people in our lives and in relationship to the plans of our lives.

Humility

Tim Theule | James 4:6-10 | 4/29/2012

This text reminds us that humility is the beginning, middle and end of a relationship with God - the ongoing quality upon which our entire relationship with God hinges and depends.

Desires

Tim Theule | James 4:1-6 | 4/22/2012

“What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you?”, James asks in James 4:1. Then he straightforwardly boils it all down and answers his own rhetorical question. Once more James “hits us between the eyes,” challenging us, not to look at the person next to us, but at ourselves.

Wisdom

Tim Theule | James 3:13-18 | 4/15/2012

James 3:13-18 teaches us that much of what is called “wisdom” in this world is the farthest thing from it. Here James shows us what true wisdom from above really is like.

Words

Tim Theule | James 3:1-12 | 4/1/2012

We’ve all said stupid things, hurtful things and things we regret.  In this humbling text and message, James alerts us to the deadly power of words and what to do about it.

Works

Tim Theule | James 2:14-26 | 3/18/2012

James 2:14-26 is tricky in light of Paul.  Is justification by faith alone or isn’t it?  In this message, we’ll grapple with James’s insistence that “faith without works is dead.” 

Favoritism

Tim Theule | James 2:1-13 | 3/11/2012

In James 2:1-13, the issue of partiality and personal favoritism is addressed.  It's a great reminder that the Gospel should. . . must . . . change the way we see and treat everyone we meet.

Doers

Tim Theule | James 1:18-27 | 2/19/2012

James 1:19-27 is one more familiar and classic passage in this well-loved epistle. It reminds us of the centrality of God’s Word in the life of the believer . . what that means and what that looks like.

Temptation

Steve Leonard | James 1:12-18 | 2/12/2012

James tells us that when we experience trials, we are to endure it. He even says there’s reward! Still, the longer the trial continues, the harder it gets. We are tempted to blame God, tempted to seek comfort, even tempted to doubt God. How can we endure as the
Bible says here? How can we face these temptations? How can we receive the reward God promises?

Wealth

Tim Fox | James 1:9-11 | 2/5/2012

When we understand that God has already given Christians unfathomable spiritual wealth, our attitude towards material wealth becomes utterly counter-cultural. Rather than making money the basis of our happiness, we instead delight in God himself.

Ask

Tim Theule | James 1:5-8 | 1/29/2012

James 1:5-8 says when we lack wisdom, God invites us to ask and promises to give generously. But why don’t we? Is it because we don’t value wisdom or don’t think we need it? Or because we don’t think God will give when when we ask?

Trials

Tim Theule | James 1:2-4 | 1/22/2012

James begins his letter in a most surprising way. . . . “consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials”. That’s a nonsensical statement apart from the truth of the Gospel . . . . and how in the world can we even begin to do it?

James: An Introduction

Tim Theule | James 1:1 | 1/15/2012

In this first message of our series in James, we look at the man James and His surprising story. As James moves from bitter skeptic to believer to finally a joyful martyr, we’re reminded that Jesus Christ truly changes lives.