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Humbly Submitting to the Judge

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: May 10, 2020 | Text: James 4:11-12

Sermon Summary

Malicious speech ought not to be uttered by those in the church. Slander reveals a hypocritical disregard of the law and arrogance in the face of the law-giver, who is Christ. We must submit humbly to Him in the light of the mercy and grace received in the gospel through genuine faith.

DISCUSS TOGETHER

  • How might James 4:11-12 be used wrongly to derail biblical patterns of confrontation, rebuke, correction, and church discipline?
  • What is the distinction between necessary and right judgment and sinful judgment?
  • What kinds of sinful speech are often given a pass in Christian homes and churches?
  • How does a right view of the law guard our speech? How does a right view of God guard our speech?
  • How should we react when slandered or wrongly judged?

PRAY TOGETHER

  • Give praise to Christ as the perfect and true Judge
  • Repent of any sin that has been exposed by this passage
  • Thank God for his gracious forgiveness in the gospel, that we are free from condemnation because of the cross
  • Ask for grace to grow in this area, both in the thoughts of the heart and the words we speak.

Dealing With Idolatrous Desires

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: May 3, 2020 | Text: James 4:1-10

Sermon Summary

Conflict is inevitable. James reveals through God's word that the issues we have are the sinful passions of the heart. These create conflict with each other and with God. We must submit our desires to the Lord to be satisfied in the fullness of His grace and peace.

Discuss Together

  • How do our passions lead to conflict with others?
  • Why do our passions lead to conflict with God? 
  • How does James' call to repentance both challenge and comfort us?

Pray Together

  • Thank God for his merciful invitation to sinners to draw near
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal sinful and selfish desires that need to be repented of
  • Confess the idolatrous desires that have caused conflict with others and impacted your fellowship with God
  • Thank God for his promise of grace to those who humble themselves

Demonstrating True Biblical Wisdom

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Speaker: JD Summers | Date: April 26, 2020 | Text: James 3:13-18

Sermon Summary

Who is a self-proclaimed fool? With so many who are supposed authorities on the subject of wisdom, James instructs us to examine the actual source of wisdom. Biblical wisdom is marked by meekness and rooted in the good fruit of Christ's righteousness.

DISCUSS TOGETHER

  • How are faith and wisdom related? What place does wisdom have in our pursuit of spiritual maturity?
  • Why is a misunderstanding of true wisdom potentially dangerous?
  • How did the descriptions of true/earthly wisdom challenge you?
  • What affect might this understanding of wisdom have on our efforts of discipleship?

PRAY TOGETHER

  • Praise God for his perfect wisdom
  • Thank God for the wisdom revealed in scripture, manifested in Christ, given through the Spirit
  • Confess any ungodly motives like bitter jealousy or selfish ambition
  • Ask for grace to grow in true wisdom and bear good fruit
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