Bridge Church Madisonville
September 24th 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 #5: INDIFFERENCE - James 2:14-26

How Do You Respond to the needs around you?
What is your response to the needs of those around you?

"Someone else will help."
"Helping won't change anything."
"I don't HAVE to help."
"There are other, more pressing needs."
Take on the posture of a First-Responder, not an Insurance Adjuster
When there is a disaster...

First Responder:
-Responds when called. Responds to ALL calls.
-Is prepared to help. Has the knowledge and training necessary. Comes armed with the tools necessary to make a difference.
-Can’t fix everything, but can help you figure out the NEXT STEP.

Insurance Adjuster
-Response time is a product of his calendar. Responds as he is able, as his schedule allows.
-Doesn’t actually fix anything. Spends hours asking about everything that is broken, then leaves.
-Is skeptical.

Time had no effect on his faith.
Faith doesn't age.
Faith has stamina.

"I believe" is accompanied with "I'll do..."
Faith is always accompanied with a STORY.
Next Steps:

>>What is your response to the needs that are around you? Do you care? Are you indifferent?
>>Is your faith on a schedule? Predictable? Faith that is alive, responds whenever necessary.
>>Is your faith as strong today as it was a year ago? 5 years ago? 30 years ago? Faith doesn’t die over time.
>>Is your faith hiding behind your words? “I believe…” is proved by “I am doing…”
>>What memories do you have of your life IN CHRIST? If we were to sit around a campfire tonight, what are the stories that you would tell?

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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).