Family Worship Center - Raton, NM
Take faith on the inside and display it on the outside.
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  • Family Worship Center
    219 Kearney Ave, Raton, NM 87740, USA
    Tuesday 10:00 AM

Giving Link

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https://ratonfamily.churchcenter.com/giving
What a great word last week from Ps Forrest -- Labor’s Reward. If you missed it, watch it www.ratonfamily.org/sermons

If we get distracted by the blessings of Jesus, we might miss Jesus Completely!

Don’t be fooled by the perishable.

Be careful what you work for.
About James

Background
-Classified as General letter. (wide audience - not a single church like many of Paul’s writings
-Written to Jewish believers
-James is the 1/2 brother of Jesus. He was well known to his original readers as he simple says, “Yo, this is James. I am a slave to Jesus. What up 12 tribes all abroad.” (Joshua’s literal translation.)
-Scholars believe that James was written before 50AD after Stephen was murdered by being stoned to death. Makes it the earliest of the NT letters.

Purpose
-James wrote this letter to encourage Jewish Christians who were suffering opposition and experiencing various difficulties that were testing their faith.
-Correct wrong ideas about he nature of true saving faith in Christ, and
-To challenge, encourage and instruct the readers about the practical aspects of faith in action

Special Features of this book
-Most likely first book written of NT
-It only contains 2 references to Christ by name, but there are more points and subjects pointing back to Jesus’ teaching (including at least 15 implied references to the Sermon on the mount, than ALL other NT teachings combined.
-More than 1/2 of its 108 verses are commands/imperatives (action oriented)
-Considered the proverbs of the NT because of Godly wisdom and practical instruction for living a genuine Christian life.
-James draws lessons from nature in order to expose the tendencies and realities of the sinful human nature.
-More than any other book, it ties a link between faith and works — belief and behavior.
-He is considered the Amos of the NT as He dealt with social injustice issues as well.

5 chapters, 108 verses and we can see a picture of a life lived for Jesus…
Application
Look, I know that we covered a lot of ground for even the most exceptional of learners to simply remember, so here is a recap…

1 - Your faith will be tested… endure. God is good and he will see you through.

2 - Listen more than you talk…and keep your emotions in check

3 - Do what the word says.

4 - If you don’t know what the word says, learn what the word says.

5 - Don’t play favorites.

God’s grace is enough to help you walk out this walk. It is the very power you need to make it through your day, your week, your months on end.

Seek God… Understand Jesus… Listen to the Holy Spirit.

Will I help you gain understanding in the word. Yes, but God needs be your source.
Takeaways

1 - We should view trials in our lives as a means of growth, praying for wisdom to resist temptation during difficult circumstances.

2 - As Christians, it is important that we do more than just listen to and study the Bible, we have to apply its words to our lives.

3 - We shouldn’t discriminate against anyone based on their outward appearances or circumstances, but instead show love to all people.