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Spiritual Search and Rescue

 

 Spiritual Search and Rescue

July 15, 2018

Rev. Bruce Brown

I.         A Warning on Spiritual Wandering (verse 19)           

II.        Our Calling to Reclaim the Wanderer (verses 19-20)

III.       The Blessing of Spiritual Reclamation (verse 20)

 “True love does not simply “sweep the dirt under the carpet.”  Where there is love, there must also be truth (“Speaking the truth in love,” Eph. 4:15), and where there is truth, there is honest confession of sin and cleansing from God.  Love not only helps the offender to face his sins and deal with them, but love also assures the offender that those sins, once forgiven, are remembered no more.” ~ Warren Wiersbe

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Life Changing Prayer

 

 James 5:13-18

July 8, 2018

Rev. Bruce Brown

I.    Prayer is Always the Life Response                                        (verse 13)          

II.   A Prescription for Life Changing Prayer                            (verses 14-16)

III.  An Example of Life Changing Prayer                                    (verses 16-18)

 Prayer can actually do things. Our prayers change things.  If we are righteous – walking in the grace of God – we have the opportunity to make a huge difference in the lives of others, and especially among the people of God.”  Sam Allberry

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Until the Coming of the Lord

James 5:1-12

July 1, 2018

Rev. Bruce Brown

I.   Offenders: A Warning to Those Who Take                           Advantage (verses 1-6)

II.  Offended: A Believing Response for the Abused             (verses 7-11)

III. A Life of Truth Between Two Worlds (verse 12)

“In times of injustice it is easy to wonder if God has noticed, whether he cares, and why he is not working to intervene.  James has just  shown us that he has, he does and he will… Justice will be done; even now it is being anticipated.  These things are certain.  James’ readers need not fear for one moment that the  unjust will get away with it.”  ~ Sam Allberry

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What Is Your Life?

James 4:13-17

June 24, 2018

Rev. Bruce Brown

I.   Ignoring God in the Plans of Life (verses 13-14)

II.  Disobedience to the Will of God for Your Life               (verse 17)

III. Living Life Under God's Sovereign Control                      (verses 15-16)

“James is not against planning; he is warning us against planning that does not acknowledge the Lord’s sovereign overruling of our lives… I am not the master of my own destiny, the captain of my soul.  My life is not the unchanging center of the universe.  I am like fleeting mist, and I am not in control of the wind’s direction, nor of when I vanish.” ~ Sam Allberry

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Dealing with Strife

James 4:1-10

May 27, 2018

Rev. Bruce Brown

        I.  The Cause of Strife for Believers (vss 1-4)

        II.  Humble Submission to God's Grace Brings Peace (vss 9-10)

       III.  A Life of Joyful Grief is the Calling of Every Christian (vss 9-10)

“God humbles us not to keep us down, but to lift us up.  It is the contrite in heart that God esteems (Isaiah 66:2), and the poor in spirit who receive the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3)… There should be no people more grief stricken, and yet more joyful, than Christians.  The lower we are, the more lifted we are.  It is the great paradox of the Christian life that we weep over our sin while singing in astounded joy of our salvation.”  Sam Allberry

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The Tongue: A Mighty Force

James 3:1-12

May 6, 2018

Rev. Bruce Brown

I.   The Might of the Tongue Brings Great Responsibility (verses 1-5a)

II.  The Recklessness of the Tongue Brings Continual Destruction (verses 5b-8)

III. The Inconsistency of the Tongue Brings Desire for Purity (verses 9-12)

“It rarely seems to strike us that it is precisely here, in our speech that sin is most likely to abound.  Only when we have been brought to such a recognition do we realize how dangerous and destructive our tongues have been. Only then do we cry out to God in repentance and run to him with tears to seek forgiveness in the gospel.”  ~ Sinclair Ferguson

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Saving Faith Works!

James 2:14-26

April 29, 2018

Rev. Bruce Brown

 

I.   A Dead Faith Substitutes Words for Deeds                       (verses 14-17)

II.  A Demonic Faith Stops With Emotion Instead of             Change (verses 18-19)

III. A dynamic Faith Shows Salvation Through Action          (verses 20-26)

“Oh, it is a living, busy, active, mighty thing, this faith; and so it is impossible for it not to do good works incessantly… He who does not these works is a faithless man.  He who wants to be a true Christian… must be truly a believer.  But he does not truly believe if works of love do not follow his faith.”  ~ Martin Luther

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The Peril of Playing Favorites

James 2:1-13

April 22, 2018

Rev. Bruce Brown

I.   Playing Favorites is Caused by Evil Motives                      (verses 1-4)

II.  Playing Favorites Denies the Grace of God                       (verses 5-7)

III. Playing Favorited Forgets the Judgment of God            (verses 8-12)

“James’ point is a simple one: favoritism is profoundly un-Christian.  It says, in effect, that someone who is worth more to the world is worth more to the church, and, correspondingly, that someone who is worth less to the world is worth less to the church.  Favoritism ends up judging one person’s soul as being of greater value than another’s, and it does all this on the basis of superficial, worldly criteria.”  ~ Sam Allberry

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Are We Listening?

James 1:19-27

Rev. Bruce Brown

April 15, 2018

I.   Listeners Receive the Word of God in All of Life           (verses 19-25)

II.  Listeners Obey the Word of God in Their Actions           (verses 22-25)

III. Listeners Live the Word of God as True Religion           (verses 26-27)

“Life is never better without God’s Word, and it is never poorer with it.  No command will ever work against us if we follow it, and ignoring one will never actually end up being better for us.  We must be careful not to misdefine freedom, and so disobey the very words that will bring us true freedom.” ~ Sam Allberry

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Grace in Trials

James 1:1-18

Rev. Bruce Brown

April 8, 2018

I.   God is at Work in Your Trials (verses 1-4, 9-12)

II.  Ask God for Wisdom in Your Trials (verses 5-8)

III. Never Lose Sight of God's Goodness in Your Trials         (verses 13-18)

 “Faith is a little like a muscle in the human body.  It is as it is worked out that it grows.  It needs something to push against… Faith needs the pushback of trials for us to grow spiritually.  Trials and difficulties are an opportunity to cling on to the promises of God more tightly.”  ~ Sam Allberry

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