Good News in Suffering

Text: James 5:1-12
Pastor Curt Stapleton

What does the Lord teach His people about oppression and suffering?  Some will say God has forsaken us in the midst of trouble and hardship.  But what does the Bible say through James who writes to the early New Testament Church?  What can Christians do if they are being oppressed and abused?  What about suffering when we cannot find any related reason?  Our hope today is that God’s Word will help us all as we process the good and bad of life.

The Transforming Gospel of James

Text: James 4:11-17
Pastor Curt Stapleton

“God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble”.
In today’s message from James 4 we hear more on God’s design for His Church, His witnesses.  The lost and dying world needs to hear the Gospel, and see the Gospel in Gospel transforming lives form the Church.  James warns us about slander and presumption, and leads us to repent of self-centered, prideful living and thinking.  It’s so important for the members of Christ’s Church to grow in these areas and point the world to their Savior and King, who loves them and wants to help them learn how to love.

The Gospel of James

Text: James 4:1-10
Pastor Curt Stapleton

At times James speaks to us in the same tone as the Old Testament prophets, calling us back from spiritual adultery and selfish pride. At the same time, he points us back to the God who yearns jealously for his people, calling us to mourn and weep over our sin, and returning to him in humility that he may exalt us. This is the clear presentation of the gospel in James.

Godly Wisdom

Text: James 3:13-18
Pastor Curt Stapleton

We understand that we are saved by faith alone, but saving faith is never alone. That is to say that our works give evidence of our saving faith, as a tree naturally bears fruit. Today’s text unpacks how godly wisdom and the deeds of humility and meekness that flow from it in the life of the believer serve as a compelling witness to the gospel in the midst of the evil and disorder of this present world.

Lost & Found

Text: Luke 19:1-10
Mr. Josh Campbell

In today’s story of Zacchaeus, we see how Jesus came into the world to seek and save the lost. He approaches and focuses attention on those who may be excluded and marginalized, as well a those who might prefer remain isolated at a safe distance on the periphery. He offers the gift of repentance and grace, which we receive by faith.

Redeeming Your Tongue

Text: James 3:1-12
Pastor Curt Stapleton

“Sticks and stones…”  Everyone can be harmed or do harm with their words. So what does the Bible teach about our tongues?  Who sins with their tongue and how can they control it?  James 3 addresses matters of the tongue for Christians and for everyone.  The writer explains the warnings of Scripture for us all and points us to the hope and redemption found in God alone.

Faith Alone – is Never Alone!

Text: James 2:14-26
Pastor Curt Stapleton

The topic of the relative roles of faith and of works in the life of the Christian has been controversial in the history of the church. Today’s passage from James clearly illustrates how our standing before God depends solely upon faith in Christ, and yet such a saving faith must inevitably express itself in good deeds. This passage is useful as a call to self-evaluation as we take inventory of how our professed faith is being made manifest.

A Song of History

Text: Psalm 105
Dr. Peter Green

Today’s psalm is a song of praise for God’s goodness to his people in protecting, providing for and keeping his promises to them. Besides moving us to worship him, it is good for us to consider how we remember and recount God’s history of covenant faithfulness in our own lives.

Hearing & Doing God’s Word

Text: James 1:19-2:13
Pastor Curt Stapleton

There are two types of sin: sins of commission and sins of omission, and James addresses both. God’s perfect law grants us great freedom to truly enjoy him and thereby glorify him, moving us to serve others and to fulfill the call to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Facing Your Trials

Text: James 1:12-21
Pastor Curt Stapleton

As we continue our study of James, we are reminded that God tempts no one, although he does allow trials to come into our lives for the greater purpose of deepening our faith. We see how sin arises from our own desires and hear James’ clear call of the gospel, to repent of our sins and believe the word of God.