Trials are unpreventable and necessary for building our faith. Perseverance in the midst of trials demonstrates the Lord's work in our lives. Even in our weakness, God gives us wisdom generously -- when we believe.
Speaker: Justin Beadles
Scripture: James 1:1-12
James writes to dispersed Jewish Christians about how to rejoice in trials, to live wisely, to pursue godliness and to practice integrity.
Scripture: James 1 - 5
God is looking for faith that trusts Him enough to do what He says. He's not looking for intellectual assent, positive thinking or risky living.
Speaker: Larry Osborne
Scripture: Genesis 22:12, Genesis 22:15-18, Hebrews 11:17-19, James 2:20-24, Hebrews 11:6
Topic: The Resurrection of Christ
We are inspired to persevere, to protect each other and to live with strong values and strong faith from the builder generation. From them, we can be inspired to press on in our walk with God and bring in the Kingdom. In a relativistic society, builders struggle with the absence of absolute truth and values. Jesus prayed for us to be one body in Christ. So as we celebrate each...
Speaker: Glenn Barteau
Scripture: John 17:6, John 17:21, James 1:2-3
Topic: Generational Characteristics
Three categories of tests from God are described in Scripture. Temptations come to all believers from Satan. Trials are used by God to refine our faith and make us look like Jesus. Tests are dewsigned to reveal our whole-hearted devotion to God.
Speaker: Roger Barrier
Scripture: Hebrews 11:11-12, James 1:1-4, James 1:12-16, 1 Corinthians 10:13, 1 Peter 1:7
The ingredients for answered prayer include understanding God's will, living a righteous life and praying with faith. When praying for the sick, we need to understand the reasons for sickness and allow for different forms of healing: sickness unto death, sickness for discipline and sickness for the glory of God.
Speaker: Roger Barrier
Scripture: Matthew 7:7-8, James 5:13-16, 2 Corinthians 4:4, 2 Corinthians 4:15-18, 1 Corinthians 11:27-28
Jesus says in Matthew 5:8: "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." In this new year, let us abandon the urgent for the important. Our hearts must be devoted, pliable and responsive. Jesus promises that the result of a devoted heart is joy, fulfillment and intimacy with God and others.
Type: Bible Study
Scripture: Philippians 2:5-8, Hebrews 11, Judges 6, James 1:5-8, Matthew 6:21
Lysa TerKeurst explains that the key to surviving pain is laying your sufferings before God: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8a (NKJV) Does it ever feel like the heartbreak in your life is trying to break you? I understand. I’ve been in that place where the pain of heartbreak hits with such sudden and sharp force that it feels like it cuts...
Author: Lysa TerKeurst
Scripture: James 4:8-8
Once on a mission trip to Pakistan I saw an appalling sight in the market place. A man was begging with a gazillion flies swarming around an open sore on his leg. As a young, sanitized American I had never seen a swarm of flies feasting on an open wound. Whenever I think about those flies swarming in that sore I remember one insightful name given to Satan in scripture...
Author: Jan Shrader
Scripture: Luke 11:14-20, James 4:7-8
People who are searching for Christ are frustrated by feeling they have to keep a set of rules to please God. The concept of receiving unconditional love is foreign to them. The church needs to express grace and teach them about the free gift of salvation.
Speaker: Francis Chan
Scripture: James 2:12-26, Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 2:11-14, Matthew 5:14-16
Topic: Church Mission