Summary: Putting Faith Into Action - James chapter 5 verse 1-20. - Sermon by Gordon Curley. PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email:

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(1). Priorities (vs 1-6)

(2). Patience (vs 7-12)

(3). Prayer (vs 13-18).

(4). Personal Concerns (vs 19-20).



• Definitions matter.

• Do you know what these words mean?


• To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.


• A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.


• An item your grandparents bought, your parents got rid of, and you’re buying again.

• AVOIDABLE: What a bullfighter tries to do.

• BALDERDASH: A rapidly receding hairline.


• A room used by the entire family, believed by all except Mom to be self-cleaning.

• COFFEE: A person who is coughed upon.

• DERANGE: Where de buffalo roam.


• What you spend half an hour writing, then forget to take with you to the store.

• OVERSTUFFED RECLINER: Mom’s nickname for Dad.

• POLYGON: A dead parrot.

• VEGETARIAN: Old Indian word for bad hunter.

• TRANSITION: now in this sermon I want to give you 4 key words;

• Please do not misunderstand them!

(1). Priorities (vs 1-6)

“Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.”


• While on a trip to Switzerland,

• An America businessman was watching a Swiss clockmaker;

• As he carved out the case of an ornate cuckoo clock.

• As the businessman watched the clockmaker carve out the case,

• He was astounded at his slow rate of progress.

• The businessman finally said,

• “My good man, you’ll never make much money that way.”

• “Sir,” the clockmaker replied,

• “I’m not making money, I’m making cuckoo clocks.”


• That story illustrates the fact that people have different priorities.

• Now in this first section;

• The apostle James issues two very practical warnings to the wealthy:

• Now most of us would not consider ourselves wealthy,

• Quote: a famous comedian: "If ‘money talks’ all it ever says to me is good-bye"

• Because most of us would not consider ourselves wealthy,

• The temptation is to apply these verses to others and not ourselves;

• Now don’t do that!

• Because we (each person here) is extremely wealthy;

• On a world scale we are all very, very wealthy.

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