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Humbly Submit to God

Text: James 4:7-10
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: August 28, 2011

James 4:7-10 is one of the hardest hitting passages in this epistle.

One might wonder how popular James would be if he were to preach in our day.

Preachers in our day often flatter their hearers. In our last text James called his readers murderers and adulteresses. In this week’s text James calls them sinners and double minded.

Many churches in our day are all about happiness and joy. James tells us to be miserable, to mourn and to weep.

Many popular preachers aim to build their hearers’ self-esteem. James repeatedly tell us that we must humble ourselves before God.

Others say that preaching should almost exclusively speak in the indicative of what God has done for us in Christ. James strings together ten imperatives exhorting us to active obedience.

The context of James’ exhortations is his concern for the quarrels and fights among his readers which are rooted in their proud worldly selfishness.

The cure for such conflicts is to humble ourselves before God.

The Law Leading Us to Christ

Text: Galatians 2:23-29
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: August 21, 2011

An evening sermon from GBC elder Mike Kelley.

Jesus, Our Great High Priest

Text: Hebrews 4:14-16
Speaker: Ryan Wentzel
Date: August 21, 2011

In Hebrews 4:14-16 there is good news for weary Christians. We have a great high priest (Jesus) who has offered to God a perfect sacrifice for our sin. Our high priest’s greatness and grace motivate us to press on in the midst of temptations and trials. Because of who Jesus is and what he’s done for us we are welcomed into the presence of God where we find the help we need to persevere.

Fan the Flame! Endurance in Gospel Ministry

Text: 2 Timothy 1:5-14
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: August 14, 2011

A sermon in our morning service from GBC elder Mike Kelley.

Murder and Adultery in the Church?

Text: James 4:1-6
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: August 7, 2011

During the LA riots in the early 90s, Rodney King was quoted saying, “Can we all get along?”

In this week’s passage James asks a similar question: “Why are there quarrels and conflicts among you?”

This is a great question! Human interaction is characterized by conflict – among nations, among political parties, within families, among friends and neighbors, and even within churches (which is the primary context to which James speaks).

James, however, answers the question that Mr. King could not. He says that the conflicts among us are because we are controlled by strong desires. We fight because we want something.

When we don’t get what we want we “murder” those who were in the way. James, like Jesus, identifies our anger and harsh words as murderous.

James also says that we can even be guilty of trying to manipulate God, through our prayers, to help us achieve our selfish agenda.

James says that the root cause of our conflicts is spiritual adultery. James speaks metaphorically (like the Old Testament prophets) of our unfaithfulness to God which causes us to seek satisfaction from the world rather than from the Lord. Such adultery invites judgment, but God offers grace to those who humble themselves.

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