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    Bringing Faith Down to Earth - James 1:1-27

    Originally preached on September – October 2010

    What the Reformer Martin Luther considered a "right strawy epistle" (without substance—like something made of straw) is actually one of the most challenging letters in the New Testament. Written by the half-brother of Jesus, the Apostle James pulls no punches as he challenges the believer to practice what he preaches. James writes with gut-level reality—and here’s why: while many of the New Testament epistles deliver what we are to believe, James declares how we should behave. In these six full-length messages, Stephen expounds on the truths of James 1 and introduces us to the theme of this powerful letter: we need to bring our faith down to earth!

    Scripture References

    • James 1:1
    • James 1:13 - 18
    • James 1:19 - 21
    • James 1:2 - 12
    • James 1:22 - 25
    • James 1:26 - 27
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    The Law of Love - James 2:1-13

    Originally preached on October – November 2010

    How easy is it for the Christian to get tangled up in the trappings of racism, classism, and culturalism? In his no-nonsense approach, the Apostle James challenges the believer to put away partiality–to stop giving in to cultural pigeonholing on the basis of status, brand names, job titles, salaries, and skin color. Frankly, these are the attitudes by which the world does business. But as far as James is concerned, none of it belongs in the church . . . or in the heart of the Christian.

    Scripture References

    • James 2:1 - 7
    • James 2:8 - 13
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    Faith Works - James 2:14-26

    Originally preached on November – December 2010

    God never intended Christianity to remain indoors. It was designed for the outdoors—to be communicated to the world through our walk. Christianity should resonate with the words of the popular sportswear commercial: Just do it! In other words, if you’re really serious about your sport, you’ll be willing to sweat—to work out . . . to run, jump, ride, shoot, tackle, swim—and you’ll dress the part! So also do faith and “working out” go hand-in-hand. For too many believers, faith resembles an indoor bicycle, motionless, neglected, and covered in dust. But the Apostle James, our personal trainer in the faith, is ready for all of us to blow off the dust and work up a sweat as we take our Christianity out into the open. Show and Tell (James 2:14-18) More Than a Motto (James 2:19-20) In the Court of Public Opinion (James 2:21-24) Surprising Saints (James 2:25-26)

    Scripture References

    • James 2:14 - 18
    • James 2:19 - 20
    • James 2:21 - 24
    • James 2:25 - 26
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    Speech Therapy for Saints - James 3:1-12

    Originally preached on January 2011

    Did you know the average person speaks between 2,000 and 10,000 words a day?! That means we have thousands of opportunities daily to encourage others or tear them down; to honor God or dishonor Him; and Jesus says in Matthew 12:34 that each word spoken reveals a little more about who we are on the inside. So in this brand new series, “Speech Therapy for Saints,” Pastor Stephen Davey will take us back into the convicting book of James to give us a long, hard look at our hearts… through the window of our mouths. Runaway Tongue (James 3:1-5) It Only Takes a Spark (James 3:5-8) Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (James 3:9-12)

    Scripture References

    • James 3:1 - 5
    • James 3:5 - 8
    • James 3:9 - 12
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    A Word to the Wise - James 3:13-18

    Originally preached on January – February 2011

    When we pray and ask God for wisdom, what exactly are we asking for? What are we expecting to receive? An answer? An inner compulsion to do something or not do something? A sign from heaven, perhaps? In his new series, “A Word to the Wise,” Pastor Stephen Davey takes us back to James’ convicting letter to remind us what Godly wisdom is really all about. Contrary to popular opinion, it’s not a matter of the mind… it’s a matter of the heart. A Learner's Permit For Life (James 3:13-16) Sandcastles Before Tide (James 3:14-16) The Ways of Wisdom (James 3:17-18)

    Scripture References

    • James 3:13 - 16
    • James 3:14 - 16
    • James 3:17 - 18
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