Bridge Church Madisonville
September 10th Worship Gathering with Bridge Church Madisonville
Connect with God, with Friends, with a Mission Greater than Yourself. Join us at 10am on Sunday's at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum in Madisonville to make your life changing connections.
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  • Bridge Madisonville
    133 Mabel Dr, Madisonville, LA 70447, USA
    Sunday 10:00 AM
This Fall, we're taking on an extended study of the Book of James called Pressure Points. In our history, Bridge Church has done whole book studies of Nehemiah, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Jonah, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Peter, 2 Peter, 1 John. James is a great book for people at all levels of Spiritual Maturity. Looking forward to digging in this Fall.

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- Written by James, the brother of Jesus around AD 45
- James may have not been a believer in Jesus as Messiah until after the resurrection
- Written to counteract a belief that Christians had no responsibility to grow and serve.
- Definitive description of the relationship between faith and works in the Christian life.
- James was martyred in AD 62.

James’ concern was Real Faith vs. Dead Faith. And he gives us 11 key what I’m calling pressure points to tests our faith.

How Does Your Faith Respond to Certain Pressures and Conditions? Our hearts response determines spiritual life and maturity and a path to spiritual health.

In Spiritual Growth, the needle is the word of God and the will of God, and it probes our hearts and souls to create the conditions for life and spiritual health.

Some of the challenges: Is my faith real, alive, active?Am I maturing, growing, moving forward in faith? Does my life demonstrate the character of someone who Christ indwells? If not, how can I get on track for spiritual growth?
Pressure Point #3: THE WORD OF GOD - James 1:19-27

How Do You Respond to the Word of God?
Common Responses to God’s Word according to Jesus (Parable of the Sower):
>> No Response due to the Spiritual War
>> Faith that doesn’t last b/c of difficulty and pain
>> Faith that doesn’t grow b/c of worries and riches
>> Faith grows and bears fruit
1. I must RECEIVE the Word. verse 19-21


2. I must RESPOND to the Word. verse 22-25


>> by responding to what I SEE IN ME.

>> by understanding what IT PROVIDES FOR ME.
3. I must REFLECT the Word. verse 26-27

>> with my WORDS.

>> with my WORKS.

>> with my WALK.

Next Steps:

>> Am I teachable?
>> Is impurity and sin keeping me from Spiritual Growth?
>> What have I done in response to God’s word recently?
>> What gaps do I see between me and the word of God.
>> How can I reflect the word of God with words, works, and daily walk?

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Worship through Giving

God desire for us to give regularly, sacrificially, & cheerfully. Giving helps our hearts affections. Jesus said, "where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" Luke 12:34. Giving also assures that the Gospel continues to spread through the Church (Ephesians 3:10).