Sermon Series

  • 1. Joyful Trials

    Contributed on Apr 11, 2018
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    1st in a series on James dealing with our response to trials.

    “Joyful Trials” Introduction Before we examine one of the magnificent “trees” (passage) in this forest (letter), I will first provide a brief overview of the “forest”. Our task in Bible study is to first understand what God intended to communicate to the original readers. How did they understand ...read more

  • 2. The Benefit Of Endurance

    Contributed on Apr 11, 2018
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    2nd in sermon series on James dealing with the benefit of enduring trials.

    “The Benefit of Endurance” Review Last week we began our journey through James. The letter was written to Jewish Christians who he warmly addressed as “brothers” multiple times. They had been scattered throughout the Roman empire and were suffering persecution both from their own kind and from ...read more

  • 3. Wisdom For Facing Trials

    Contributed on Apr 11, 2018
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    3rd in a sermon series on James dealing with wisdom for facing trials.

    “Wisdom for Facing Trials” Review This is the third episode in our journey through James. James wrote this letter of instruction to those he warmly called his dear brothers. He wrote this letter to validate genuine faith. How does real faith in Jesus behave when encountering life in a broken ...read more

  • 4. Wisdom For The Wise

    Contributed on Apr 11, 2018
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    4th in a sermons series on James dealing with the characteristics of wisdom.

    “A Word for the Wise” Trials stand as the primary test to affirm the reality and stability of our trust in God. James addresses genuine faith’s response to trials in verse 2-18. I. Faith’s response to trials 1:2-18 A. Life Instruction #1 with Insight B. Life instruction #2 with ...read more

  • 5. Characteristics Of A Fool

    Contributed on Apr 11, 2018
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    5th in a series of sermons on James dealing with the characteristics of a fool.

    “Characteristics of a Fool” Trials stand as the primary test to affirm the reality and stability of our trust in God. James addresses genuine faith’s response to trials in verse 2-18. I. Faith’s response to trials 1:2-18 Instruction #1 : Consider it all joy when encountering trials Insight: ...read more

  • 6. A Biblical Perspective On Wealth

    Contributed on Apr 11, 2018
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    6th in a sermons series on James dealing with the priority of eternal wisdom.

    “A Biblical Perspective on Wealth” I. Faith’s response to trials 1:2-18 A. Life Instruction #1 with Insight 1. Instruction: Consider it all joy when encountering trials 2. Divine Insight – Knowing testing produces endurance B. Life instruction #2 with insights ...read more

  • 7. The Blessing Of Endurance

    Contributed on Apr 11, 2018
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    7th in a sermon series on James dealing with the blessing that God promises to those who endure.

    “The Blessing of Endurance” Review Today we move on in our journey thought James. James wrote to bring clarity to the life of faith. Many assert they live by faith. Many claim they trust God but their response to various circumstances in life demonstrates otherwise. James serves as a spiritual ...read more

  • 8. The Way Of Endurance

    Contributed on Apr 11, 2018
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    8th in a sermons series on James dealing with the principles related to enduring trials.

    “The Way of Endurance” Review Today, Christians all around the world suffer unspeakable suffering because of their faith in and commitment to Jesus. Many suffer death because of their refusal to renounce their faith in Jesus. Although persecution of our Christian faith grows by the day in ...read more

  • 9. Our Rewarding God

    Contributed on Apr 11, 2018
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    9th in a sermon series on James dealing with principle of rewards in the Bible.

    “Our Rewarding God” Introduction Everyone appreciates acknowledgement of effort and achievement. We learn about reward and punishment from the time we are little. Good behavior reaps reinforcing reward. Bad behavior provokes corrective discipline. The concept of reward is thoroughly Biblical. ...read more

  • 10. Don't Blame God For Temptation

    Contributed on May 3, 2018
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    Message 10 from James exploring James' admonition not to blame God for temptation but look within ourselves.

    Chico Alliance Church April 22, 2018 Pastor David Welch “Don’t Blame God for Temptation” James provided instruction to his reader that would serve as a test of their faith. True faith manifests in specific ways. James tells us how a person who claims to live by faith should be living. One of ...read more

  • 11. Prepare To Plant

    Contributed on May 3, 2018
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    Message 11 from James exploring James' instruction to prepare our heart to receive God's implanted word being able to save our souls from temptation.

    Chico Alliance Church May 6, 2018 Pastor David Welch “Preparing to Plant” James provided instruction to his readers that would serve as a test of their faith. True faith manifests in specific ways. James wrote how a person who claims to live by faith should be living. His letter issues over ...read more

  • 12. Perceive And Practice The Implanted Word

    Contributed on May 15, 2018
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    Message 12 in our journey through James. This message focuses on James' instruction to both hear and practice the word God implants in you prepared soil.

    Chico Alliance Church Pastor David Welch “Perceive and Practice the Implanted Truth” This is our twelfth outing in front of God’s faith-exposing mirror. James’ letter provides pointed instruction evaluating the true nature of our faith. It resembles a mirror that exposes the depths of our ...read more

  • 13. True Religion

    Contributed on Jun 21, 2018
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    Message 13 in our exposition of James. This message focuses on three characteristics of a true follower of Jesus Christ.

    Chico Alliance Church Pastor David Welch “True Religion” This is our thirteenth excursion in front of God’s faith-exposing mirror. James’ letter provides pointed instruction evaluating the true nature of our faith. James’ mirror exposes the reality of faith by showing us the character of ...read more

  • 14. Partiality And Prejudice In The Pews

    Contributed on Jun 21, 2018
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    Message 14 in our exposition of James. This message deals with partiality and its opposite prejudice in the church.

    Chico Alliance Church June 4, 2018 Pastor David Welch “Partiality and Prejudice in the Pews” This is our thirteenth excursion in front of God’s faith-exposing mirror. James’ letter provides pointed instruction evaluating the true nature of our faith. James’ mirror exposes the reality of ...read more

  • 15. Faith That Works Pt 1

    Contributed on Jun 21, 2018
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    Message 15 in our exposition of James. This message and the next deal with the core concept of James -- Faith.

    Chico Alliance Church Pastor David Welch “Faith/belief that works" Welcome to our fifteenth appointment in front of God’s mirror. The whole Bible serves as a mirror that accurately reflects the true nature of our faith in Jesus. James called his readers to not only gaze into this divine ...read more

  • 16. Faith/Belief That Works Part 2

    Contributed on Jun 21, 2018
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    Message 16 in our exposition of James continuing the discussion of the nature of true faith.

    Chico Alliance Church Pastor David Welch “Faith that Works” Pt 2 Today we continue our discussion of the nature of true or genuine faith or belief. The whole book of James paints a portrait of genuine faith. I. Faith’s response to trials 1:2-27 II. Faith’s response to partiality and ...read more

  • 17. Taming The Tongue

    Contributed on Jun 21, 2018
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    Message 17 in our exposition of James exploring James observations concerning the tongue.

    Chico Alliance Church Pastor David Welch “Taming the Tongue” For several weeks we have gazed into the mirror of God’s word exposing areas in our life where our daily behavior doesn’t match our belief. Genuine faith involves God’s sufficient inner persuasion to inspire our response. When we ...read more

  • 18. Living Wisely Or Wisdom From Above

    Contributed on Jul 2, 2018
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    Message 18 in our exposition of James. This message covers 3:15-18 instructing us to live wisely followed by several insights regarding wisdom from above and wisdom from earthly , soulish and demonic sources.

    Chico Alliance Church Pastor David Welch “Wisdom from Above” or "Living Wisely" The book of James is all about what it looks like to live by genuine faith. James recorded numerous instructions (51) that a person living by faith readily obeys because they are God’s instructions. James ...read more

  • 19. Living Above The Passions

    Contributed on Aug 4, 2018
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    Message 19 in our explorations of James. This message focuses on the war on the inside that triggers wars on the outside.

    Chico Alliance Church Pastor David Welch “Living Above the Passions” The book of James is all about living by genuine faith. James describes the kind of life the one who claims to live by faith lives. I. Faith’s response to trials 1:2-27 II. Faith’s response to partiality and prejudice ...read more

  • 20. Restoring A Broken (Twisted) Heart

    Contributed on Aug 4, 2018
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    Message 20 in our study of James. This message continues our discussion of the inside war that triggers outside conflict.

    Chico Alliance Church Pastor David Welch “Restoring A Broken Heart” The book of James is all about living by genuine faith. James describes the kind of life the one who claims to live by faith lives. I. Faith’s response to trials 1:2-27 II. Faith’s response to partiality and prejudice ...read more

  • 21. Faith's Response To God's Will

    Contributed on Aug 4, 2018
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    Message 21 in our study of James. This message deals with the need to include a passion for God's will over my own when making plans for the future.

    Chico Alliance Church Pastor David Welch “Faith’s Response to God’s Will” The book of James is all about living our life with genuine faith in God. James describes the kind of life the one who claims to live by faith lives. I. Faith’s response to trials 1:2-27 Joyfully endure – continued ...read more

  • 22. Discerning God's Will Pt 1

    Contributed on Aug 23, 2018
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    This is message 22 in our exploration of James. This message further explores the subject of 'God's will. Specifically what is it and how do we know it.

    Chico Alliance Church Pastor David Welch “Discerning God's Will Pt 1 We all face decisions every day, all through the day. Some decisions are minor, some monumental. Paper or plastic. Caffeine or decaff. Dark roast, medium roast. Non-fat, 1%, 2%, whole milk. Most items you seek have a multitude ...read more

  • 23. Discerning The Will Of God Pt 2

    Contributed on Aug 23, 2018
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    This message continues the discussion of discerning God's will from Message 22 with a focus on elements of discovering God's will.

    Chico Alliance Church Pastor David Welch “Discerning God's Will” Part 2 REVIEW Our encounter with James instruction to consider God’s will in every aspect of your life because life is short lead us into a deeper discussion of the nature and discernment of God’s will. WHAT IS GOD’S WILL? The ...read more

  • 24. The Fate Of The Selfish Rich

    Contributed on Aug 23, 2018
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    Message 24 in our exposition of James where James excoriates the selfish rich.

    Chico Alliance Church Pastor David Welch “Fate of the Selfish Rich” REVIEW this is our 24th excursion in front of the mirror of God’s word. James serves as a mirror to examine the true nature of our trust in God. So far, we have explored several life categories requiring a faith response. James ...read more

  • 25. Faith's Response To Suffering

    Contributed on Sep 12, 2018
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    Message 25 in our James exposition. This message explores Jame's instruction for those suffering 5:7-13.

    Chico Alliance Church Pastor David Welch “Faith’s Response to Suffering” REVIEW James serves as a mirror to examine the true nature of our trust in God. How we respond to the various events of life reveal the state of our faith. True trust in God’s provision enables us to respond according to ...read more

  • 26. Response To Suffering Pt 2

    Contributed on Sep 12, 2018
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    Message 26 expands on the last message. It serves as an overview of Biblical teaching on suffering.

    Chico Alliance Church Pastor David Welch “Faith’s Response to Suffering” Pt 2 REVIEW James issued some instructions to his readers regarding suffering and persecution. How would someone with strong trust in God respond to trials and suffering no matter the source? As we have observed throughout ...read more

  • 27. Faith's Response To Joy

    Contributed on Nov 19, 2018
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    Message 27 in our James Series focusing on rejoicing.

    Chico Alliance Church Pastor David Welch “Faith’s Response to Joy” REVIEW I have said this numerous times. James serves as a mirror to examine the true nature of our trust in God. True trust in God’s provision enables us to respond according to God’s ways. True faith enables wise living. This ...read more

  • 28. Faith's Response To Weakness Pt 1

    Contributed on Nov 19, 2018
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    Message 28 in the exposition of James. This message is the first of two on how faith should respond to weakness.

    Chico Alliance Church Pastor David Welch “Faith’s Response to Weakness” REVIEW We live in a world where many seek to produce what we call “knockoffs”, cheap imitations of a quality product. Some of you are familiar with Pinterest fails. All attempts to imitate the real thing but fall miserably ...read more

  • 29. Faith's Response To Weakness Pt 2

    Contributed on Nov 19, 2018
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    Message 29 in our exposition of James. This is the second part of a teaching on how faith should respond to weakness or sickness.

    Chico Alliance Church Pastor David Welch “Faith’s Response to Weakness” Pt 2 Today we continue our exploration of faith’s response to weakness. IX. Faith’s response to weakness 5:14-18 Ask for help and confess sins Here James instructs those in a state of weakness to ask for help and confess ...read more

  • 30. Winning The Wayward

    Contributed on Nov 19, 2018
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    This is the 30th message in our exposition of James. It deals with the call to win back the wayward.

    Chico Alliance Church Pastor David Welch “Winning the Wayward” Today we consider the last two verses of James’ letter. He wrote this letter to encourage both Jewish and Gentile believers in their Christian walk. He pointedly addressed the whole issue of genuine trust in God. We can easily claim ...read more