Sermon Notes

James: Faith with and Exclamation Point!

James closes his book the way he opens it. With a pleading to his listeners to hold on to God in the midst of difficulties and to apply their faith to action.

  • To advance instead of retreat, to grow instead of shrinking back, to root down instead of shriveling up.

Patient Perseverance

  • James 5: 7-11
  • The Example of Job
    • ​God said, "All right; for one year." And so, whenever they asked for rain, God sent rain. And whenever they asked for sun, God sent sun. The corn never grew higher, and the wheat never grew thicker. But when harvest came, they discovered that the tall corn had no ear, and the thick wheat had no head of grain. They cried out, "God, you have failed us. We asked for sun, and you sent sun. We asked for rain, and you sent rain. But there is no crop."
    • God said, "No. You never asked for the harsh north winds. Without the harsh north winds, there is no pollination, and with no pollination, there is no crop."
    • I suggest to you today, in God's very loving hand, this is the harsh north wind that God is going to use to bring a crop. And faith says, "Okay, God, I trust you. Go ahead."

Persistent Prayer

  • James 5: 13-20
  • The Example of Elijah
    • Setting: Dark. 60 yrs of evil kings, and Ahab is the worst. Their worship went from absolute sacrifice to convenience to options to no worship
    • ​Israel has more than drifted. They have been swept away by the acidic religion and culture that Ahab’s wife Jezebel introduced to the people.
    • Elijah Prayed because some needs can only be met by God
    • Elijah Prayed to demonstrate continued trust in God
      • Opposite would be Prayerlessness due to
        • Unbelief
        • Self Reliance
        • Worship of other gods
    • James list a handful of prayer that fit both categories (Needs only met by God and continuing trust in God). These Prayers are Persistent prayers of a follower of Jesus:
      • Trouble/Distress
      • Sickness
      • Forgiveness/Repentance
      • Evangelism
    • Prayer Helped Elijah keep in Step with God—helped him find God’s purpose, direction will and battle loneliness and depression.

​​Prayer is your root system!

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