Good Monday to you!
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January 27 AM James 1:1-4: Joy is Coming
We need to see that rising oppression of Christians means that joy is coming back to the Church in America
I. James: brother of Jesus and eventual leader of the church @ Jerusalem
II. Dispersion: scattered throughout: not the Jews, but God's people: this is for Christians
III. Joy in Trial
IV. Strength through prayer
V. Diverse Trials
VI. Test our faith: our trust in God.
1. Which builds our endurance
2. We lack endurance
3. Without endurance, we do not grow and we do not become complete
1. Prayer for others
2. Prayer on a planned basis
Morning focus shifted to variety of trials and focused a little harder on the need for prayer than on the inevitability of persecution. That seemed appropriate: one we can do something about. The other is the result of living like Jesus.
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January 27 PM Genesis 3:1-7: Know Your Enemy
We need to see that our struggle is not just against ourselves but there is an intelligent effort against us.
I. The World is Not as it Was Created to Be
II. Who is responsible for that reality?
3. Just Adam and Eve
III. What do we do about it?
1. Do not underestimate the reality of our enemy
2. Do not overcredit our enemy
3. Focus: go to your strength:
A. Christ is your strength
B. going forward in the Word
On the evening sermons: a great resource for developing a grounding in Christian theology is J. Scott Duvall, Ph.D.’s work Experiencing God’s Story of Life and Hope. In fact, it’s so good that I’m basically adapting the themes from his book into the sermons for Sunday Night. Check out the workbook here.
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