Posts from March 2019

Posts from March 2019

The Sermon on the Mount

This week we will begin a study in the Sermon on the Mount, which is the manifesto of Jesus Christ. In this message, Jesus lays out the true nature of the kingdom of God and identifies his followers as its citizens in contrast to the Pharisees and teachers of the law whom Jesus routinely called hypocrites. The Sermon on the Mount is an encapsulation of all Jesus’ teaching, and by it, we can gain a clear sense of what it…

Seeking Those Who Go Astray – James 5:19-20

My brothers and sisters, if any among you strays from the truth, and someone turns him back, let that person know that whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and cover a multitude of sins. (James 5:19-20) Pastor John’s Notes: We are all like sheep, prone to wandering away. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who leaves the 99 who are safe in the sheep pen and seeks after the one who…

The Prayer of a Righteous Person – (James 5:16-18)

The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect. Elijah was a human being as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the land. Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the land produced its fruit. (James 5:16-18) Pastor John’s Notes: The prophets of old had a deep, personal, and intimate relationship with the God who had called…

Confessing Your Sins – James 5:16

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. (James 5:16) Pastor John’s Notes: It is a blessing to have another trusted believer know about your circumstances and pray for you. God does not want us to bear our burdens alone but to bear one another’s burdens.  Confidentiality is essential for this deep kind of fellowship to work, but once we know and trust a brother or sister will keep our…

Prayers for the Sick – (James 5:14-15)

Is anyone among you sick? He should call for the elders of the church, and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up; if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. (James 5:14-15) Pastor John’s Notes: The anointing of oil has been a custom of the church throughout the ages. The oil is a sign…

Prayers of Joy – (James 5:13)

Is anyone cheerful? He should sing praises. (James 5:13) Pastor John’s Notes As followers of Jesus Christ, we recognize that everything good comes from God. Whenever God offers us a gift, whether great or small, He is worthy of our thanks and praise. The offering of thanks completes the gift and deepens our joy in the Lord. It enables us to see more and more of the hand of God at work in our lives. We can give thanks to…

Prayer in Suffering – (James 5:13)

Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. (James 5:13) Pastor John’s Notes: Often we are slow to go to God in prayer. When we suffer, we often falsely consider it to be the will of God and passively endure it. There are many different reasons for suffering. Some of them have to do with the actions of others and some have to do with our own actions. Some are merely part of the fallen human condition that is part…

Let Your “Yes” mean “Yes.” – James 5:12

Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “yes” mean “yes,” and your “no” mean “no,” so that you won’t fall under judgment. (James 5:12) Pastor John’s Notes: The people of God should be honest and upright in all their dealings. We should fulfill all our promises without the need to swear by anything or anyone. People should learn that we will keep our word.…

The Example of the Prophets – James 5:10-11

Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the Lord’s name as an example of suffering and patience. See, we count as blessed those who have endured. You have heard of Job’s endurance and have seen the outcome that the Lord brought about—the Lord is compassionate and merciful. (James 5:10-11) Pastor John’s Notes While the trials we face may be new to us, they are not new to God’s people. The Bible is filled with stories of the faith…

Be Patient Until the Lord’s Coming – James 5:7-9

Therefore, brothers and sisters, be patient until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth and is patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You also must be patient. Strengthen your hearts, because the Lord’s coming is near. Brothers and sisters, do not complain about one another, so that you will not be judged. Look, the judge stands at the door! (James 5:7-9) Pastor John’s Notes We would…