James 1:16-18 – An accurate understanding of God

Introduction: God has given us the privilege of being His children (John 1:12). As his children, our faith is tested, that it might produce steadfastness for our maturity (James 1:2-4). With respect to temptations, each is “lured and enticed by his own desire,” for God himself “tempts no one” (1:13-14).

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James 1:13-15 – God and Temptation

Review: During life’s troubles, the believer gets to enjoy the intimacy of his relationship with Christ as he receives His grace to persevere  “trials” and “temptations”— same root word, which means—to test, scrutinize, to examine, to try, to entice; but, these two terms, though appearing to be similar,  are not

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James 1:6-8 – Asking in Faith

Review: God knows our inadequacies; therefore, we are exhorted to ask NOT for a solution to our problems, NOT for the removal of trials, BUT to ask for wisdom IN the midst of trials. This emphasizes our need to be dependent upon God on a moment to moment basis, and

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James 1:5 – Living Wisely

Review- The believer can meet trials of various kinds with joy because he understands or knows the reason behind trials: 1) they produce steadfastness; 2) they mature us. Ponder on 2 Pet.1. A closer look at James 1:5 Not all believers are able to live wisely or are living wisely

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James 1:1,2 – Introduction

Type— a general letter, addressed to believers (as opposed to a letter written to a specific person—eg., Titus) Writer— “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ” There are 4 individuals with the name “James” in the NT. The two most likely candidates for authorship are: James—

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