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Summary: This sermon is about the desperate need of the church and the beleiver in these last days as expressed in the epistle of James.

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THE NEED OF THE HOUR: THOUGHTS FROM THE EPISTLE OF JAMES

OUTLINE

1.WITHSTAND TRIALS AND TEMPTATIONS

2.WISDOM OF GOD

3.WORKS OF FAITH

4.WORDS OF CONFUSION

5.WRATH OF MAN

6.WAIT FOR GOD

7.WIN THE LOST

THE MESSAGE

THE NEED OF THE HOUR: THOUGHTS FROM THE EPISTLE OF JAMES

1.WITHSTAND TRIALS AND TEMPTATIONS

James 1:2 James 1:12

The Book of James tells us to be joyful when we face trials and temptations as they will develop patience in us. When we endure temptation and overcome it we will receive the crown of life. Without being tested there will be no crown or reward.

2.WISDOM OF GOD

James 1:5 James 3:17-18

The Book of James tells us to receive the wisdom of God. Our God is liberal in giving wisdom to us when we ask Him in faith. God’s wisdom is full of purity and goodness. This wisdom will cause us to be a blessing to others. It will not lead us in the path of evil.

3.WORKS OF FAITH

James 1:22,27 James 2:1,16 James 4:7,17

The Book of James tells us to demonstrate the works of faith. We should be doers of the word and not hearers only.we should show mercy to the widows and the fatherless and help the poor and needy without partiality .We should submit to God and resist the devil. Our faith must be demonstrated by these works.

4.WORDS OF CONFUSION

James 1:26 James 3:2-8 James 4:11

The Book of James warns us to be careful with our words as they can cause great confusion. Words of slander and hatred and falsehood can trigger great problems.The sign of piety and godliness is revealed in being careful in our words.

5.WRATH OF MAN

James 1:20 James 3:14-16 James 4:1-3

The Book of James tells us to be free from wrath and envy and bitterness as these will lead us in the path of unrighteousness. Envy and strife will lead to confusion and every evil work. Uncontrolled desires lead to strife and battles.Instead of asking God we would fight and strive with people.Even if we ask God we will not receive if we ask with a wrong motive. Hence we must be careful to be free from wrath.

6.WAIT FOR GOD

James 5:11,13,16,17

The Book of James tells to wait for God like Job who had a blessed ending even though for a season he was in great difficulty.We must wait for God to turn our captivity.We must take all our burdens to God in prayer. Our prayers have great effect in solving our problems and difficulties.

7.WIN THE LOST

James 5:19-20

The Book of James tells us to be merciful in dealing with those who go astray.We should not reject them and condemn them. We should win them back and restore them to godly ways. We must save their souls and hide a multitude of sins in order to re-establish them.We should not take it as an opportunity to defame or embarrass them. Our responsibility is to win the lost.


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