Growing Through Trials Speaker: Doug Humphrey Senior Pastor
The Big Question in Job <ul><li>“ Will a person worship God  </li></ul><ul><li>for nothing?” </li></ul>
Let those who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful creator in doing what is right. 1 Pete...
<ul><li>God doesn’t want us to merely  go  through trials. He wants us to  grow  through trials.   </li></ul>
1 James, a bond servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad, greetings.  2 ...
5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him  ask  of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will ...
7 For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord,  8 being a double minded man, unstable in all h...
<ul><li>How do you  grow  through trials and not just  go  through trials? </li></ul><ul><li>What is promised to those who...
I.  How do you grow through trials?
<ul><li>Verse 2  &quot;consider&quot;  </li></ul><ul><li>Verse 3  &quot;knowing”  </li></ul><ul><li>Verse 4  &quot;let&quo...
<ul><li>How do you grow through trials? </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate a  positive   attitude  toward trials. (vs. 2) </li></ul>
2  Consider  it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
<ul><li>How do you grow through trials? </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate a  positive   attitude  toward trials. (vs. 2) </li></...
2 When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives, my brothers, don't resent them as intruders, but welcome...
<ul><li>Cultivate a  positive   attitude  toward trials. (vs. 2) </li></ul><ul><li>Our  outlook  determines our  outcome ....
2 Consider it all joy, my brethren,  when  you encounter  various trials,
<ul><li>How do you grow through trials? </li></ul><ul><li>B. Realize that God uses trials to help you develop  endurance ....
2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,  3  knowing  that the testing of your faith produce...
3 knowing that the testing of your  faith  produces endurance.
16 O Nebuchadnezzer, we are not worried about what will happen to us.  17 If we are thrown into the flaming furnace, our G...
<ul><li>How do you grow through trials? </li></ul><ul><li>C. Cooperate with God in the process of  character   development...
4 And  let  endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
<ul><li>God always builds our character before he calls us to serve...   </li></ul>
A. Cultivate a  positive   attitude  toward trials. (vs. 2) B. Realize that God uses trials to develop  endurance . (vs. 3...
<ul><li>How do you grow through trials? </li></ul><ul><li>D. Pray for  wisdom  to deal with trials. (vv. 5-8) </li></ul>
5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him  ask  of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will ...
7 For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord,  8 being a double minded man, unstable in all h...
<ul><li>We lack  wisdom </li></ul>Two Reasons Trials Overwhelm Us
<ul><li>Wisdom: The ability to view life from God’s viewpoint.  </li></ul>
<ul><li>We lack  wisdom </li></ul><ul><li>We lack  faith </li></ul>Two Reasons Trials Overwhelm Us
<ul><li>God will give the ability to view trials from his perspective, if we ask in faith.   </li></ul>
II. What is promised to those who handle trials correctly? (vs. 12)
II. What is promised to those who handle trials correctly? (vs. 12) A. Genuine  happiness  (12a)
12  Blessed  is a man who perseveres under trial;  for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which...
II. What is promised to those who handle trials correctly? (vs. 12) A. Genuine  happiness  (12a) B. Abundant Life (12b)
12  Blessed  is a man who perseveres under trial;  for once he has been approved, he will receive the  crown of life ,  wh...
The Victor’s Crown
James 1:12 Rev. 2:10 For enduring trials A crown of life 1 Peter 5:4 For faithfully shepherding God’s flock  A crown of gl...
<ul><li>Cultivate a  positive   attitude  toward trials. (vs. 2) </li></ul><ul><li>Realize that God uses trials to develop...
4. Pray for  wisdom  to deal with trials. (vv. 5-8) How To Grow  Through Trials
Don't resent trials when they come; rather welcome them as God's instrument to develop godly character.   Application/Chal...
 
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James (series 2): Growing Through Trials
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James: Growing Through Trials

  1. 2. Growing Through Trials Speaker: Doug Humphrey Senior Pastor
  2. 3. The Big Question in Job <ul><li>“ Will a person worship God </li></ul><ul><li>for nothing?” </li></ul>
  3. 4. Let those who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful creator in doing what is right. 1 Peter 4:19
  4. 5. <ul><li>God doesn’t want us to merely go through trials. He wants us to grow through trials. </li></ul>
  5. 6. 1 James, a bond servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad, greetings. 2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
  6. 7. 5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
  7. 8. 7 For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8 being a double minded man, unstable in all his ways. 12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love him.
  8. 9. <ul><li>How do you grow through trials and not just go through trials? </li></ul><ul><li>What is promised to those who handle trials correctly? </li></ul>
  9. 10. I. How do you grow through trials?
  10. 11. <ul><li>Verse 2 &quot;consider&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Verse 3 &quot;knowing” </li></ul><ul><li>Verse 4 &quot;let&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Verse 5 “ask” </li></ul>Four Key Words
  11. 12. <ul><li>How do you grow through trials? </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate a positive attitude toward trials. (vs. 2) </li></ul>
  12. 13. 2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
  13. 14. <ul><li>How do you grow through trials? </li></ul><ul><li>Cultivate a positive attitude toward trials. (vs. 2) </li></ul><ul><li>1. Our outlook determines our outcome . </li></ul>
  14. 15. 2 When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives, my brothers, don't resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! (Phillips Translation)
  15. 16. <ul><li>Cultivate a positive attitude toward trials. (vs. 2) </li></ul><ul><li>Our outlook determines our outcome . </li></ul><ul><li>Trials are inevitable . </li></ul>
  16. 17. 2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
  17. 18. <ul><li>How do you grow through trials? </li></ul><ul><li>B. Realize that God uses trials to help you develop endurance . (vs. 3) </li></ul>
  18. 19. 2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
  19. 20. 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
  20. 21. 16 O Nebuchadnezzer, we are not worried about what will happen to us. 17 If we are thrown into the flaming furnace, our God is able to deliver us; and he will deliver us out of your hand. 18 But, if he doesn't, please understand, sir, that even then we will never, under any circumstance, serve your Gods or worship the gold statue you have erected. Daniel 3:16-18
  21. 22. <ul><li>How do you grow through trials? </li></ul><ul><li>C. Cooperate with God in the process of character development . (vs. 4) </li></ul>
  22. 23. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
  23. 24. <ul><li>God always builds our character before he calls us to serve... </li></ul>
  24. 25. A. Cultivate a positive attitude toward trials. (vs. 2) B. Realize that God uses trials to develop endurance . (vs. 3) C. Cooperate with God in the process of character development . (vs. 4) Review
  25. 26. <ul><li>How do you grow through trials? </li></ul><ul><li>D. Pray for wisdom to deal with trials. (vv. 5-8) </li></ul>
  26. 27. 5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
  27. 28. 7 For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, 8 being a double minded man, unstable in all his ways.
  28. 29. <ul><li>We lack wisdom </li></ul>Two Reasons Trials Overwhelm Us
  29. 30. <ul><li>Wisdom: The ability to view life from God’s viewpoint. </li></ul>
  30. 31. <ul><li>We lack wisdom </li></ul><ul><li>We lack faith </li></ul>Two Reasons Trials Overwhelm Us
  31. 32. <ul><li>God will give the ability to view trials from his perspective, if we ask in faith. </li></ul>
  32. 33. II. What is promised to those who handle trials correctly? (vs. 12)
  33. 34. II. What is promised to those who handle trials correctly? (vs. 12) A. Genuine happiness (12a)
  34. 35. 12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord has promised to those who love him.
  35. 36. II. What is promised to those who handle trials correctly? (vs. 12) A. Genuine happiness (12a) B. Abundant Life (12b)
  36. 37. 12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life , which the Lord has promised to those who love him.
  37. 38. The Victor’s Crown
  38. 39. James 1:12 Rev. 2:10 For enduring trials A crown of life 1 Peter 5:4 For faithfully shepherding God’s flock A crown of glory 2 Tim. 4:8 For loving the Lord’s appearing A crown of righteousness 1 Thess. 2:19 For evangelism and discipleship A crown of rejoicing 1 Corinthians 9:25 For leading a disciplined life An imperishable crown Reference Reason Title Believer’s Crowns
  39. 40. <ul><li>Cultivate a positive attitude toward trials. (vs. 2) </li></ul><ul><li>Realize that God uses trials to develop endurance . (vs. 3) </li></ul><ul><li>Cooperate with God in the process of character development . (vs. 4) </li></ul>How To Grow Through Trials
  40. 41. 4. Pray for wisdom to deal with trials. (vv. 5-8) How To Grow Through Trials
  41. 42. Don't resent trials when they come; rather welcome them as God's instrument to develop godly character. Application/Challenge

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