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James Series: Planning God’s Way (4:13-17)

Planning God’s Way Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into this or that town and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life like? For you are a puff of smoke that appears for a short time and then vanishes. You ought to say instead, “If the Lord is willing, then we will live and do this or that.” But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows what is good to do and does not do it is guilty of sin. James 4:13-17 (NET) How should we, as believers, rely on God as we plan for the future? Unfortunately, planning is at times looked down upon in some Christian circles, as though b

Soteriology Series: Assurance of Salvation

Assurance of Salvation How can a professing Christian have assurance of salvation? How can he know that his faith is genuine and that he is truly saved? The New Testament clearly teaches that not all who profess Christ as Lord are saved. In Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Also, in the Parable of the Weeds, Christ taught that God’s kingdom w

James Series: Lord, Help Your Church Not Speak Evil of One Another! (4:11-12)

Lord, Help Your Church Not Speak Evil of One Another! Do not speak against one another, brothers and sisters. He who speaks against a fellow believer or judges a fellow believer speaks against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but its judge. But there is only one who is lawgiver and judge—the one who is able to save and destroy. On the other hand, who are you to judge your neighbor? James 4:11-12 (NET) How can we avoid speaking evil of others? With the Jewish Christians James wrote to, it is clear that there were lots of discord and fights going on within their congregations. In James 4:1, James said, “Where do the conflicts and where do the

James Series: Experiencing Revival (4:7-10)

Experiencing Spiritual Revival So submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and make your hearts pure, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn, and weep. Turn your laughter into mourning and your joy into despair. Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you. James 4:7-10 How can we experience a spiritual awakening both individually and corporately? In James 4:1-6, James confronts the Jewish Christians about their worldliness. He called them spiritual adulterers and said their friendship with the world was enmity against God (4:4). Instead of living by scriptural wisdom, these believers w

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