Faith Stuff Overview
This summer series works its way through the entire book of James. It will explore the dynamics of faith as written by James.
Faith Perseveres (Jon Shaw)
June 3-4, 2017
It’s misleading to believe that once you give your life to Jesus all of your problems will go away. In fact, you probably just inherited a few new problems. Our faith grows and matures when it is tested. That is why James gives the call to persevere – to hang on and hang in. He even says we can count it “pure joy” when our faith is tested.
Faith Obeys (Dan Hettinger)
June 10-11, 2017
Christians often make one of two mistakes. They listen to God, study, and learn but don’t do anything. This leads to an unhealthy spiritual obesity. Or, they jump into uninformed activity and end up causing more harm than good. The reality is we must do both: listen and act.
Faith Loves (Matt Cass)
June 17-18, 2017
James gives two examples of how the cross changes the way we act towards others. The first is how we treat the most vulnerable – the widows and orphans. The second is how we no longer classify people based on their outward appearance or affluence. This type of love is what makes the church a unique place in our culture.
Faith Acts (Matt Cass)
June 24-25, 2017
Martin Luther called James a “straw epistle” because he struggled with this section. James is not teaching a works-based salvation, that we must do enough to be good enough for God. But he is highlighting a basic spiritual truth: saved people do the things a saved person ought to do. As we say, “Saved people serve people.”
July 1-2, 2017
Faith and sacrifice are interconnected. By placing faith in Jesus, we are “sacrificing” our trust in our own wisdom. Thus, one of the best ways we show evidence of our faith is by our sacrificial living. For Abraham, it meant the willingness to sacrifice his son. If we follow God faithfully, it will inevitably involve sacrifice.
July 8-9, 2017
Because we walk by faith and not by sight, there will be times when we are called to do something that doesn’t fully make sense – or we might not see the end of the road. Rahab was willing to risk her own safety and security in order to help the Jewish spies. If we follow God faithfully, it will also involve risk. Not risky behavior, but stepping outside of our comfort zone in order to be obedient.
July 15-16, 2017
Everybody talks. Perhaps a better way to put it would be like this: faith speaks … differently. James goes into an extended section about the power of the tongue to bring life or death. Not only have we experienced this truth from the mouths of others, but we have said words of life or death to others as well.
Faith Submits (Dan Hettinger)
July 22-23, 2017
Heavenly wisdom is different than worldly wisdom. Worldly wisdom creates envy and bitterness; heavenly wisdom seeks the good of the other person. This is evidenced in the way that we treat our fellow believers. To be faithful to Jesus means submitting to his way of handling people and problems.
July 29-30, 2017
True faith is able to endure uncertainty about the future, suffering, and even illness and death. This kind of faith is magnetic – drawing unbelievers to God by witnessing the difference Jesus makes in a person life.