'On Schedules And Bank Balances'

At the end of chapter 1, James set out three tests of sincere Christian faith: keeping a tight rein on our tongue, looking after the poor and vulnerable, and thirdly keeping ourselves from being polluted by the behaviour and the values of the world. In the proceeding chapters James has looked at each of these three tests in detail.
In our passage today, James is concluding his teaching on how believers can be polluted by the sinful world around us. The call at the heart of chapter 4 is the call for believers to humble themselves before the Lord. James follows this call to humility with a strongly worded warning against the sin of human pride and arrogance that contradicts gospel humility. That warning first of all addresses how we go about making plans in our day to day lives.

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'FOMO or FOLLOW?'

On Youth Sunday 2020, Steven explores the passage in Luke 9:56-62 to discover what Jesus expects of those who follow Him.
As Jesus converses with three different people about what it means to follow Him, it is clear that Jesus doesn’t want disciples with FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), He wants disciples that FOLLOW.

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'Why We Fight (And How To Stop)'

Back at the end of chapter 1 James presented three tests of true faith: care for the poor, control of the tongue and keeping oneself from being polluted by the world. We have looked in detail at the first two tests in chapters 2 & 3.
We now turn our attention to the third test as we look at what happens when we allow the wisdom of the world to pollute our lives.

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'The World’s Smallest But Largest Troublemaker'

In chapter 3, James turns to address more fully another of the evidences of true faith that he referred to at the end of chapter 1. We have already looked at the importance of not just listening to the Word but doing what it says. In chapter 2, he has fully addressed the issue of how true faith is seen in actions, particularly in terms of our response to those who are poor and vulnerable.
He now returns to the subject of the tongue which he first mentioned in verse 26 of chapter 1, "If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue he deceives himself and his religion is worthless."
This morning we confront the reality of the world’s smallest but largest troublemaker.

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