James

Prayers That Change Things

Key Text: James 5:13-20

Prayer: The most talked about thing we rarely do.

But think about prayer for a moment, not as another notch in your list of efforts to please or even influence God, but as a deeply relational privilege we share with the creator of the universe.

Prayer truly does change the world, not because we utter special combinations of holy words, but because of the one to whom we pray!

Join us this week as we close out our series in James.


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Special thanks to Sam Allberry, who has written a book titled, 'James To You: Showing you how real faith looks in real life.'

This book was used to provide an outline for our teaching series and is of invaluable help if you were to continue your own study in the book of James.

Please consider purchasing a copy for yourself, or even to study with a small group.

Patience In Suffering

Key Text: James 5:7-12

"In times of injustice it is easy to wonder if God has noticed, whether he cares, and why he is not working to intervene. James has just shown us that he has, he does, and he will." ~ Sam Allberry, James For You

How should a Christian respond when faced with injustice? Well, that depends on who the injustice is directed towards. Join us this week as James instructs us on how to deal with suffering in our lives.

Coming Back To God

Key Text: James 4:1-10

"Once again, James is showing us that key to living authentically as Christians is to think rightly about God. The presence of conflicts between Christians is a sign that God’s grace and goodness are not at the forefront of his people’s thinking." ~ Sam Allberry, James For You

Conflict is a problem, and not just outside the church. Join with us this Sunday as we continue to explore this hard-hitting letter from James as we consider 'what the gospel looks like' in our lives today.

Worse Than Sticks And Stones

Key Text: James 3:1-18

""Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." — This is a ditty that many of us will have heard as children, and which many of us may now be passing on as parents. It is memorable—but it is inaccurate. We live in a world where words matter. They have the capacity to affect us enormously. The damage done by something said can go far deeper and last much longer than damage done by sticks and stones." — Sam Allberry, James For You.

Join us this week as we explore the role of our speech as we live out an authentic faith.

Faith Works

Key Text: James 2:14-26

"Here is a genuinely frightening truth that should give you and me pause. It is possible to claim, and to believe you possess, genuine saving faith when in fact you do not. It is possible, in other words, to believe you have things sorted with God—that you will not face his judgement, that there is hope for you beyond he grave—and yet remain under the judgement of God. It is possible, in short, unknowingly to possess counterfeit faith." ~ Sam Allberry, James For You.

James' challenge to us needs to be taken seriously. Join us this week as we consider the next part of our series on the book of James.

No Favouritism

Key Text: James 2:1-13

It doesn't get much more direct than this: "My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory."—James 2:1 (ESV)

Elsewhere, Paul says, "For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong."—1 Corinthians 1:26-27 (ESV)

We shouldn't be too hasty in thinking we're beyond this. Join us this week as we sit with the challenge of showing no partiality.

More Than Listening

Key Text: James 1:19-27

"When our listening slows, it is not only our speaking that can quicken, but also our temper. Such anger is not pleasing to God "because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires" (v20). What we do with words, both those we speak and those spoken to us, greatly affects the way we live." — Sam Allberry, 'James For You'.

Join us this week for our next instalment in the 'What The Gospel Looks Like' series as we work through the book of James.

Joy In Trials

Key Text: James 1:1-8

Our next major series focuses in on James' punchy letter in the New Testament. Often referred to as living the Christian life 'where the rubber hits the road', James' description of gospel effect is practical and hard hitting. As you read through this little book, you will see the significance of demonstrable truth, faith in action, and words backed up with deeds; this is a series where we aim to discover what the gospel looks like, not just what it sounds like.

Join us this week as Tim Blatch leads into our new series by speaking from James 1:1-8