Pt. 11 - Faith That Prays and Pursues

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The letter of James concludes with a fitting focus on what genuine faith does: genuine faith prays and pursues. James, concise to a fault, leaves his readers with an exhortation that as followers of Jesus we are to move towards those who are in need. We pursue others in faith that God wants to heal and restore as we make our needs known to him in prayer.

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Pt. 10 - Faith That Suffers Well

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How does James tell us to suffer? With patience. But let’s be honest, that’s much easier said than done. James 5:7-12 tells us not only how we are to engage with suffering, but gives us hope in reminding us that through it, Jesus is making us more like him. It doesn’t make things go away, but what more could we ask for than to be more like Jesus?

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Pt. 9 - Faith That Rejects Materialism

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James has harsh words to say for the arrogant and the proud. Why would James speak so bluntly to these people? James cares deeply about these things because God has revealed that throughout all of scripture that he cares greatly about us looking to him in all things and loving others, especially the most vulnerable. Join us as we grapple with these strong words from James 4:16-5:6

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Pt. 8 - Faith Marked by Humility

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“God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble”. In chapter 4:1-12, James like an expert surgeon cuts through our selfish desires to reveal that our true problem is a heart that desires other things more than God. Then graciously he points us to the cure: the grace of God. James will not let us know the sweetness of grace until we have tasted the bitterness of our own sin. In all of this James shows us that true faith is marked by humility.

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Pt. 7 - Faith Marked by True Wisdom

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When the entire world seems to say that self-interest, getting ahead, and carnivorous ambition is what wisdom is all about, James comes with a radically different picture of wisdom. Echoing the call of wisdom from the book of Proverbs, James boldy claims that true wisdom is radically other focused. True wisdom cannot be found by looking inward, but only by looking upward to Jesus, the embodiment of true wisdom.

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Pt. 6 - Faith That Tames the Tongue

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In James 3:1-12, James makes the point, faith that works is a faith that tames the tongue. Our speech and words are powerful and often destructive, so how are we supposed to do that? Jump in and listen as we discuss that together this week.

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Pt. 5 - Faith That Works

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What is the difference between counterfeit “faith” demonic “faith” and authentic faith? In this sermon we looked at this question together in James 2.

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Title: Pt. 4 - Faith That Love and Shows Mercy

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Faith that works loves and shows mercy without favoritism, but what is favoritism and why is it such a big deal? Join us as we look at this in today’s sermon.

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Pt. 2 - Faith That Finds Joy In Trials

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In this sermon we see James introduce topics that that are hard and perplexing for many of us: faith, trials, and temptation. In James 1:2-18 we will see that our faith will be tested, that trials actually come from God, and yet temptation never does.

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Pt. 1 - Intro to James: Brother Turned Servant

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This week we begin our study of James and ask the questions:

  • Who is James?

  • What happened in his life that made himself as a servant rather than a brother of Jesus?

  • Why did James write this letter?

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You Must Be Born Again

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During this gathering we had the honor and privilege to welcome Shane Shaddix, a pastor at one of our fellow Acts 29 Churches in Raleigh, to preach from John 3. Join us as we explore one of the most perplexing teachings of Jesus from the Gospel of John where Jesus says, “you must be born again.”

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Grace That Reinforces Faith: Hope & Suffering

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Often the events of our lives seem meaningless and irrelevant, but we learn through Scripture that God is training us in grace and godliness. Even suffering is a means of grace in the hands of God.

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Grace That Reinforces Faith: Community

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From the very beginning, God has existed in and been a part of community with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. We see in the gospel that when Jesus began his ministry, he went and found 12 guys and told them to follow him. Placing them into community. As followers of Jesus, we are brought into biblical community with God, and according to the Bible, there is no part of life that we should be doing on our own.
 

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Grace That Reinforces Faith: Worship

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What is the purpose of prayer and why do so many of us find it so difficult? The disciples ask a similar question to Jesus and understanding his answer will change our approach in and understanding of prayer.

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Grace That Reinforces Faith: Prayer

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What is the purpose of prayer and why do so many of us find it so difficult? The disciples ask a similar question to Jesus and understanding his answer will change our approach in and understanding of prayer.

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Grace That Reinforces Faith: The Bible

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The Word of God is the primary means by which God changes us. It speaks liberating truth to our enslaved hearts as we read it ourselves and as we speak it to others. How does that happen and how does God reinforce our faith through this grace? 

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