The King is Coming

Big Idea: Jesus is the King of glory

1. Because the King  everything, he owns everything, including  .

The earth and everything in it, the world and its inhabitants, belong to the Lord; for he laid its foundation on the seas and established it on the rivers. Psalm 24:1-2(CSB)


2. Because the King is , I have to be holy to enter his  .

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not appealed to what is false, and who has not sworn deceitfully. Psalm 24:3-4(CSB)


3. Because Jesus is the King, he deserves my  and  .

Lift up your heads, you gates! Rise up, ancient doors! Then the King of glory will come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle. Psalm 24:7-8(CSB)


Who is Jesus to me?
Is he liar?
Is he lunatic?
Is he Lord?

How would you finish the sentence: Christians are _____________?

The world says Christians are 

James shows us three types of faith:

1. An All-Talk, No __________ kind of faith. (14-17)

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but does not have works? Can such faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, stay warm, and be well fed,” but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it? In the same way faith, if it does not have works, is dead by itself.

  • A __________ faith is a __________faith.

2. A Living-Brain, Dead __________kind of faith. (18-19)

But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without works, and I will show you faith by my works. You believe that God is one. Good! Even the demons believe—and they shudder.

Billy Graham-Most people miss heaven by 18 __________.

3. A real faith that __________ (20-26)

Senseless person! Are you willing to learn that faith without works is useless? Wasn’t Abraham our father justified by works in offering Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was active together with his works, and by works, faith was made complete, and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. In the same way, wasn’t Rahab the prostitute also justified by works in receiving the messengers and sending them out by a different route? For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

Abraham and Rahab both __________that their faith was real.

Big Idea: Favoritism by Christians is ungodly, unwise, and misrepresents the Gospel. 

1. God expects us to not show .

My brothers and sisters, do not show favoritism as you hold on to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.(James 2:1 CSB)

Am I excluding people that God wants to include?

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2. Favoritism is a sign of spiritual .

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Didn’t God choose the poor in this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him?  Yet you have dishonored the poor. Don’t the rich oppress you and drag you into court? Don’t they blaspheme the good name that was invoked over you? (James 2:5-7 CSB)

3. Favoritism misrepresents the .

Speak and act as those who are to be judged by the law of freedom.  For judgment is without mercy to the one who has not shown mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2:12-13 CSB)

 

Are the things I need to change in light of this passage?

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Big Idea: Favoritism by Christians is ungodly, unwise, and misrepresents the Gospel. 

1. God expects us to not show .

My brothers and sisters, do not show favoritism as you hold on to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.(James 2:1 CSB)

Am I excluding people that God wants to include?

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2. Favoritism is a sign of spiritual .

Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Didn’t God choose the poor in this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him?  Yet you have dishonored the poor. Don’t the rich oppress you and drag you into court? Don’t they blaspheme the good name that was invoked over you? (James 2:5-7 CSB)

3. Favoritism misrepresents the .

Speak and act as those who are to be judged by the law of freedom.  For judgment is without mercy to the one who has not shown mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2:12-13 CSB)

 

Are the things I need to change in light of this passage?

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When you think about suffering, what comes to mind? Do you envision bedraggled children with distended stomachs, a hospital patient hooked up to life-sustaining medical equipment, or a courageous veteran dealing with the aftermath of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Adversity seems to be a common denominator to human existence, but what does the Bible have to say about suffering?

Jesus spoke to His disciples about suffering. One of the most well-known verses reads, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24 ESV). The Greek word for cross in this verse is staurós. It refers to the crossbeam which the lowest criminals carried as they trudged toward their execution. The cross symbolized degradation and indescribable pain as well as sacrifice.

While the invitation to eternal life is free, it comes at a price–certain suffering.

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Pure religion/Genuine faith causes us to live out our faith in response to God’s word. Knowing Christ always leads to serving Christ.

I. What it means to

James is instructing us to receive the word of God willingly and joyfully. 

  1. Be quick to 
  2. Be slow to 
  3. Be slow to 

Application: 

Do I hunger for God’s word?
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II. What it means to

  1. Hearing the word without doing the word is a sure sign I don’t know 
  2. An uncontrolled tongue comes from an uncontrolled 
  3. True love means we go out of our way for the 

What do I need to do in response to this text?

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