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James 1v1-12

Speaker: Rev. Andrew Berry

As we commence a journey with James on practical Christian living, still relevant today – we will start by looking at how the events of life – trials and temptations in particular, ought to push us to the Lord in asking for Wisdom for ourselves, and his promise to supply it!  Ultimately of course is the reward for His people who persevere in life.

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James 1v13-27

Speaker: Paul Lindsay

Moving on into the book of James – the second half of chapter 1 – we are challenged again about our faith, as to whether it works in our lives each day. He asks us to examine just how our faith, our walking with/in Jesus, impacts our thinking, listening, speaking and acting. Such a challenge can prove to be uncomfortable, but rewarding.

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James 2v1-13

Speaker: Rev. Timothy D Berry

James continues to build upon this idea that mature, healthy faith involves the whole man – heart, soul, mind, and strength. It is much more than a set of ideas that we affirm as factually true. This Sunday, he reminds us that God doesn’t play favourites and neither should we. Because the way we act towards others actually reveals what we truly believe about who God is and how we would like him to treat us.

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James 2v14-26

Speaker: Rev. Timothy D Berry

There has always been a tension between faith and deeds for followers of Jesus. In the Scriptures – like that of Ephesians 2 – it clearly confirm that deeds (works) are not at the root of salvation. Faith is. However, in James 2v14-26, he seeks to underline how there is an important link of the ‘fruit’ of our faith, seen and expressed in deeds.

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James 3v1-12

Speaker: Rev. Andrew Berry

There has always been a tension between faith and deeds for followers of Jesus. In the Scriptures – like that of Ephesians 2 – it clearly confirm that deeds (works) are not at the root of salvation. Faith is. However, in James 2v14-26, he seeks to underline how there is an important link of the ‘fruit’ of our faith, seen and expressed in deeds.

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James 3v13-18

Speaker: Rev. Timothy D. Berry

James tells us that your works will show if you have a living faith, or not. Yet, his point was not that we should all start running around trying to do good things and be nice people. So what does your faith need in order to become living? Well, for that James takes us right back to the beginning of his letter. What makes your faith a living faith is not works, but wisdom.

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James 4v1-12

Speaker: Rev. Timothy D. Berry

James 4v1-12 | There is a particular kind of spiritual illness that can plague followers of Jesus, making life miserable, if it’s not dealt with. It’s easy to get side tracked by the presenting symptoms, but James gets to the root of the problem and prescribes the cure; Learning to win the war within.

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James 4v13-5v6

Speaker: Rev. Timothy D. Berry

James 4v13-17 & 5v1-6 | Moving on from describing the war that can wage within us, those things fighting for our allegiance, but reminding us of the grace that is always available to give us victory, James seeks to challenge and warn us further concerning our ambitions, our plans and our boasts. He suggests we ought to get a better perspective on life, consult with God about our plans, and seek his kingdom before trying to establish ours.

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James 5v7-12

Speaker: Rev. Timothy D. Berry

James 5v7-12 | Impatience, a trait some (many?) of us may struggle with. Are we impatient for Jesus to return? In some ways this is good, but in other ways impatience can lead to negative outcomes in relationships and life circumstances. God’s sets an example of patiently waiting. Bearing this in mind, James offers us some practical advice about how we can wait in ways that are positive, effective and productive.

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James 5v13-20

Speaker: Rev. Timothy D. Berry

James 5v13-20 | Last week, James encouraged us to patiently endure suffering until Jesus’ return. This week, James reassures us that our Heavenly Father hasn’t abandoned us until then, rather he continues to compassionately and daily care for the needs of those who trust him.

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