Christmas is more than parties, presents, and traditions. As followers of Jesus, we recognize that Christmas, changes everything. The Book of Philemon gives a charge to Christians to be faithful, and intentional in sharing the message of Jesus Christ. Listen to this teaching from Philemon 1:1-7 in our teaching series 'Do You Hear'? In 'Share Your Faith' we see how the love of Jesus and what He has done for us compels us to share the hope of the Gospel.
As Christians, we care for sojourners because we recognize that we are sojourners too. Listen to this teaching from James 1:27 in our teaching series 'True Religion.' In 'The Sojourner,' we see that our care for the sojourner is rooted in God's care for the sojourner and how we as citizens of the kingdom are sojourners as well.
James 1:27 instructs believer to care for widows and orphans, those who are vulnerable and often overlooked. What does the Bible say specifically about caring for widows. Listen to this teaching from James 1:27 in our teaching series 'True Religion.' In 'The Widow' Chuck Hartness, Minister of Adults shows how caring for widows is rooted in understanding just how God has cared for us.
God made children for families. James 1:27 says that true religion is to visit orphans and widows in their need. What does it mean to 'visit' and care for the vulnerable. Listen to this teaching about caring the fatherless as we see how as Christians our care for the fatherless is rooted in our understanding of our own adoption through Jesus. Content about the theology of adoption presented in this sermon from various was gleaned from resources available at from Radical.net, Russell Moore's Adopted for Life, and Until Every Child Is Home: Why the Church Can and Must Care for Orphans by Todd Chipman.
As followers of Jesus, we are called to pursue others the same way Jesus did. Listen to this teaching from James 5:19-20 in our teaching series 'Trust the Process.' In ‘If Anyone Among you Wanders from the Truth’ we see that the vital roll that covenant community plays in the life of a believer and how we can humbly help others when they fall.
"Our prayers are the vehicle which God desires to use to accomplish His purposes." Listen to this teaching from James 5:13-18 in our teaching series 'Trust the Process.' In ‘The Prayer of the Righteous Person’ we see how prayer shows our dependence on God, how it unites us with our heavenly Father, and how God uses them to do His will.
Few things break trust more than someone not keeping their word. As followers of Jesus all of our words should be true words. Listen to this teaching from James 5:12 in our teaching series 'Trust the Process.' In ‘Let Your Yes be Yes’ we see that striving to keep our word to others is a response to the truth that God has kept His word to us.
The process of waiting can be hard. James Chapter 5 doesn’t just instruct us to wait. It also gives us a prescription on how to wait. Listen to this teaching from James 5:7-11 in our teaching series 'Trust the Process.' In ‘Be Patient’ we see that God’s command to be patient does not come without the promise of ‘until.’
"We are not self-made. We are blood bought. That leads us to be grace-filled." James Chapter 5 begins with a strong reminder we aren't called to live for our 'best life' now, but for the hope of eternity. Listen to this teaching from James 5:1-6 in our teaching series 'Trust the Process.' In 'Come Now You Rich' we see that how we use our money is a very clear, measurable indicator of who (or what) we actually have faith in.
Serving others today is more important than making plans that serve you tomorrow. James chapter 4 reminds us that only God truly knows what tomorrow holds, and that this truth has major implications on how we live today. Listen to this teaching on James chapter 4:13-17 from our teaching series 'Greater.' In ‘If the Lord Wills' we see what it means to live a life whose plans are fully submitted to God.
"It's not our job to judge, it is our job to listen to the Judge and tell others what he says." Watch as Pastor James continues in our teaching series "Greater" with "Who can Judge?" examining James 4:10-12.
Submit to God. Resist the devil. Draw near to God. Cleanse your hands. Mourn over sin. James chapter 4 shows us that in order to do these things we must humble ourselves. Listen to this teaching on James chapter 4:7-10 from our teaching series 'Greater.' In ‘How Do We Submit to God?' we see that humility, admitting just how desperately we need God, is found in realizing who God is and what He has done for us.
'ME' issues almost always become 'WE' issues. The Book of James shows us that the fights and quarrels among people are usually the result of the fights and quarrels within people. Listen to this teaching on James chapter 4 from our teaching series 'Greater.' In 'Why Do We Fight?' we uncover the root of so much conflict and how the remedy is true humility before God.
Inevitably in life we encounter challenges, highs and lows. In those moments we are tempted to trust our own strength and will-power, which tends to only make matters worse. So what do we do when things get tough? Listen to this teaching from Psalm 86 as we see how God answers when we call out to Him.