The Christian life and ministry is about moving from sinful self-reliance and toward a greater God-reliance. And God uses adversity and sufferings for Christ to produce in us this greater reliance upon himself. So suffering and comfort not only authenticates our faith it also moves into a greater reliance upon God as our deliverer and hope. This is not a popular message, but it is the path to greater comfort and hope as we walk in Jesus' footsteps.
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I. The gospel is to reach all people.
A. Where it has not gone.
B. That the Holy Spirit may be received.
II. The gospel cannot be received with hypocrisy.
A. For earthly prosperity.
B. Which insults the Holy Spirit.
C. But with true repentance.
D. But with reliance on God's word.
THe King we need is not just one who starts well, but one who does all things well and never fails. King Asa of Judah started well, but ended badly, forgetting to seek God, and instead making a covenant with King Ben-Hadad of Syria and ignoring God. He would not listen to God's rebuke, and ended wretchedly, though he was laid in a rock-cut tomb. He points us by contrast to Christ, who was and is ever faithful, and though he was buried, was raised from the dead and lives for ever to save his people.
Text: James 5:12-20
(1) Our need for integrity (v. 12).
(2) Our need for reliance and restoration (vv. 13-20).
Truth to Remember:
In a world of dishonesty, distress, and destruction, we need to depend on God, whose power renews and restores.
Christians are called to live their daily lives in a way that is sharply different from the world around them and from the lifestyle that characterized their pre-Christian past. Our lives are to be determined by our relationship with Jesus Christ and the new identity we have in Him.
Perpetual dependency is an essential lesson; we always need Christ.
When doing the Lord's work. (v.14-18)
When dealing with evil powers. (v.19-22)
Even for believing in Christ or praying. (v.23-29)
Applying: What does the order of events in the chapter mean?
What did both Jesus/Moses find post-mountain? Ex. 32
Who has power over demons? Jude 1:6, Col. 2:14-15
Our faith – can we generate it ourselves? Eph. 2:8-10