In James 5, the writer encourages the church to not put their trust and hope in their wealth or material things. In fact Jesus said in Matthew 6:19, "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal." This Sunday we will learn that our trust and hope needs to be squarely in the Lord, and it's in prayer where we learn to put our faith in Him. Join us this Sunday as we highlight the importance of prayer.
James launches out in chapter 3 by saying, "Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly." What an incredible wake-up call for those of us who are teachers. This Sunday we will focus on this passage and learn that, as believers in Christ,we are all teachers of some sort, sharing the love of Christ through not only our words, but our actions.
Unpack the second chapter of James and highlight what it looks like to put our faith in action. In James 2:17-18, we are told, "... faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds." In our worship service, we will look at the importance of living out our faith.
James 1:2 tell us, "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, when you face trials of many kinds." It's not a matter of if, but when, we will face trials and struggles. This week, we will unpack this practical passage to help us navigate the trials that come our way.