Responding to the Book of James: A Faith That Matters

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Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
— James 1:22

What is one topic in which you sense a prompting or conviction from the Holy Spirit?

JAMES 1:1–18 | THE TRIAL OF FAITH

When we surrender in trust, God can use our suffering and trials to make us mature and whole. Admit your helplessness, seek wisdom, don’t compare your life to others, remember God’s goodness.

JAMES 1:18–27 | HEARING AND DOING

The key to a transformed life is your relationship to the Word of God. Humbly listen to God’s Word, and then seek to live in costly obedience, which always brings freedom.

JAMES 2:1–13 | A NEW COMMUNITY

When we show favoritism, or use earthly standards to determine one another’s worth, we oppose the gospel and violate God’s grace. Jesus blesses the poor and the weak. Learn to see people as Jesus sees them.

JAMES 2:14–26 | GENUINE FAITH

We’re saved by faith alone, but never by faith that is alone. True faith is accompanied by a transformed life. The true quality of your faith is demonstrated by your daily commitment to follow Jesus and become more like him.

JAMES 3:1–12 | TAMING THE TONGUE

If we seek spiritual transformation, we have to wrestle with our words. The sins of our speech reveal the depravity of our hearts. We need God’s mercy to heal our hearts and to help us use our words to encourage and love.

JAMES 3:13–18 | TRUE WISDOM

True wisdom is revealed not by knowledge but by a life well lived. The wise person chooses the way of Jesus (“my life for yours”) over the way of self (“your life for mine”)

JAMES 4:1–12 | DIVIDED HEARTS

At the heart of our problems is the problem of divided hearts. When we don’t give our full allegiance to God alone, we cause harm to ourselves and others. The path of healing is through confessing our spiritual adultery and receiving grace anew.

JAMES 4:13–5:6 | THE DANGER OF WEALTH

Wealth and possessions easily lead us into presumption, self-indulgence and injustice. With God’s help, we can address this threat through humility, simplicity, and generosity, mirroring God’s own sacrificial generosity to us in Christ.

JAMES 5:7–12 | ACTIVE PATIENCE

We can endure patiently in hardship because of the imminent return of Jesus. We actively wait for Jesus to come and renew all things, which gives us strength to respond wisely in the midst of trouble.

JAMES 5:13–20 | THE PRAYER OF FAITH

A transformational faith is a praying faith. Prayer reflects a dependence on the Father, an admission of need, and a trust in God’s power to act.

What is one thing you will commit to do in response to this conviction?

Who will you share this commitment with and ask to hold you accountable to it?


Advent at Third Church: 2017

Advent at Third Church: 2017

During the Christian year, Advent is about anticipation. We imagine ourselves as the people of Israel, hoping and longing for the coming Messiah. In Advent we also remember that his Kingdom is not yet fully come, so we also anticipate Christ’s coming again to restore all things. 

Join us this Advent season as we mark and celebrate Christ's coming with a full complement of activities, special services, and opportunities for worship and fellowship.

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