James 1:1-11   The textSunday 11 September 2011
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus   Christ,   To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:      Greetings...
[5-8] If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask   God, who gives generously to all without finding   fault, and it will be...
[9-11] Believers in humble circumstances ought to   take pride in their high position. But the rich   should take pride in...
James, a servant of God and of the                      Lord Jesus Christ,                      To the twelve tribes scatt...
[2-4] Consider it pure joy, my brothers               and sisters, whenever you face trials of               many kinds, b...
Are you asking the right                                        questions?   Why me? Why do I suffer?Sunday 11 September 2...
What is God doing?   What is God teaching me?   What area of my life is   God challenging and   changing?   Are you maturi...
“Perseverance is not simply     the ability to bear things; it is     the ability to turn them to     greatness and glory....
Floods                   Fires                   Family                   Funds                   Fights                  ...
Floods                   Fires                   Family                   Funds                   Fights                  ...
"By the way we   meet every   experience in life,   we make ourselves   fit or unfit for the   task which God   meant for us...
"By the way we   meet every   experience in life,   we make ourselves   fit or unfit for the   task which God   meant for us...
“Blessed are you who are poor,                     for yours is the kingdom of God.                  Blessed are you who h...
F. B. Meyer explained it this way:   “A bar of iron worth $2.50, when   wrought into horseshoes is worth   $5. If made int...
[5-8] If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask    God, who gives generously to all without finding    fault, and it will ...
Who are you asking the                                       questions?   Where do you go first?   Pastor, Uncle, Aunty, Fa...
Trials, when handled   wrongly, can lead to us   thinking and doing the   wrong things   Fear, despondency,   hopelessness...
1. God gives - Ask (seek,   knock)   2. God gives - Generously -   to all   3. God gives - Graciously - no   fault in you ...
“Does God promise to give us the   outline for our lives if we ask, or to   give us complete clarity one every   decision ...
[9-11] Believers in humble circumstances ought to    take pride in their high position. But the rich    should take pride ...
From what                            perspective are                           you asking the                             ...
This is what the LORD says:                  “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom                  or the strong boast ...
How many have been    destroyed by prosperity!    Many have I known who    in a cottage seemed to fear    God, but in a ma...
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James 1:1-11

  1. 1. James 1:1-11 The textSunday 11 September 2011
  2. 2. James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:    Greetings. [2-4] Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.Sunday 11 September 2011
  3. 3. [5-8] If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.Sunday 11 September 2011
  4. 4. [9-11] Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.Sunday 11 September 2011
  5. 5. James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings.Sunday 11 September 2011
  6. 6. [2-4] Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.Sunday 11 September 2011
  7. 7. Are you asking the right questions? Why me? Why do I suffer?Sunday 11 September 2011
  8. 8. What is God doing? What is God teaching me? What area of my life is God challenging and changing? Are you maturing in God?Sunday 11 September 2011
  9. 9. “Perseverance is not simply the ability to bear things; it is the ability to turn them to greatness and glory...it is the quality that makes people able not simply to suffer things but to overcome them. The effect of testing borne in the right way is strength to bear still more and to conquer in still harder battles.” William BarclaySunday 11 September 2011
  10. 10. Floods Fires Family Funds Fights Failures William CareySunday 11 September 2011
  11. 11. Floods Fires Family Funds Fights Failures William CareySunday 11 September 2011
  12. 12. "By the way we meet every experience in life, we make ourselves fit or unfit for the task which God meant for us to do."Sunday 11 September 2011
  13. 13. "By the way we meet every experience in life, we make ourselves fit or unfit for the task which God meant for us to do."Sunday 11 September 2011
  14. 14. “Blessed are you who are poor,    for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now,    for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now,    for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you,    when they exclude you and insult you    and reject your name as evil,       because of the Son of Man. Luke 6:20-22Sunday 11 September 2011
  15. 15. F. B. Meyer explained it this way: “A bar of iron worth $2.50, when wrought into horseshoes is worth $5. If made into needles it is worth $175. If into penknife blades it is worth $1,625. If made into springs for watches it is worth $125,000. What a ‘trial by fire’ that bar must undergo to be worth this! But the more it is manipulated, and the more it is hammered and passed through the heat, beaten, pounded, and polished, the greater its value.”Sunday 11 September 2011
  16. 16. [5-8] If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.Sunday 11 September 2011
  17. 17. Who are you asking the questions? Where do you go first? Pastor, Uncle, Aunty, Family, Friends... Ask God!Sunday 11 September 2011
  18. 18. Trials, when handled wrongly, can lead to us thinking and doing the wrong things Fear, despondency, hopelessness, self protection, angerSunday 11 September 2011
  19. 19. 1. God gives - Ask (seek, knock) 2. God gives - Generously - to all 3. God gives - Graciously - no fault in you - no mocking or making fun of you 4. God gives - ask in Faith - who God is and what he is likeSunday 11 September 2011
  20. 20. “Does God promise to give us the outline for our lives if we ask, or to give us complete clarity one every decision we might ever need to make? No, he promises wisdom, namely, the ability to discern how he would have us live...that we will receive the practical knowledge and understanding we need to endure our trials when we ask God whom we know gives without hesitation.” Craig BlombergSunday 11 September 2011
  21. 21. [9-11] Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.Sunday 11 September 2011
  22. 22. From what perspective are you asking the questions?Sunday 11 September 2011
  23. 23. This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 9:23-24Sunday 11 September 2011
  24. 24. How many have been destroyed by prosperity! Many have I known who in a cottage seemed to fear God, but in a mansion have forgotten him...It is no easy thing to stand the trial of prosperity...Sunday 11 September 2011

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