JAMES 1

15 Outlines

 

 

JAMES 1:2-4

COUNT IT JOY!

 

ATTITUDE TOWARDS TRIALS Vs. 2

ASSESSMENT OF TRIALS Vs. 3

ACTION IN TRIALS Vs. 4

 

 

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James 1:2-8

GOT PROBLEMS?

 

COMPLIANCE WITH GOD'S PLAN - Vs. 2

When          troubles abound comply with God's plan. Count them as joy!

 

COMFORT FROM GOD'S PURPOSE - Vss. 3-4

God's purpose for allowing you to go through trials is so that you will become perfect or mature.

 

COMMITMENT TO GOD'S PROCEDURE - Vs. 5

When you don't know what to do during trials, ask God. He'll show you.

 

CONFIDENCE IN GOD'S PROVISION - Vss. 6-8

We are to ask in faith, confident that God will answer.

 

 

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James 1:2-8

THERE’S A REASON

 

THERE’S A REASON FOR PRAISE – Vss. 2-3

THERE’S A REASON FOR PATIENCE – Vs. 4

THERE’S A REASON FOR PRAYER – Vss. 5-8

 

 

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James 1:2-8

HANDLING TRIALS

 

COUNT ALL TRIALS AS JOY - Vs. 2

CONSIDER ALL TRIALS AS VALUABLE - Vs. 3

CONCEDE TO THE WORK OF PATIENCE - Vs. 4

CALL CONFIDENTLY ON GOD FOR WISDOM - Vss. 5-8

 

 

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James 1:2-8

WHEN TROUBLES STRIKE

 

A COMMAND TO FOLLOW - Vs. 2 - Count it joy!

 

A CAUSE FOR JOY - Vs. 3 - Trials lead to the development of patience.

 

A COURSE OF ACTION - Vss. 4-5

1. Let patience have her perfect work so that you become mature. Vs. 4

2. Ask God for wisdom. Vs. 5

 

A CHALLENGE FOR FAITH - Vss. 6-8

 

 

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James 1:2-12

EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE

 

THE PLACE OF PATIENCE - Vss. 2-4

THE PLACE OF PRAYER - Vss. 5-8

THE PLACE OF POSITION - Vss. 9-11

THE PLACE OF PERSISTENCE - Vs. 12

 

 

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James 1:5-8

SEEKING GOD'S GUIDANCE

 

ASK FOR GOD'S LEADING Vs. 5

 

ASSUME THAT GOD WILL ANSWER (Vss. 5-6a)

 

AVOID THE CONSEQUENCES OF UNBELIEF

No answer - Vs. 7

Instability - Vs. 6b,8

 

 

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James 1:5-8

A DAILY PRAYER

 

There are many things we do daily. We get up. We eat, We sleep. We wash. We brush our teeth. We get dressed. We talk  We smile. etc.

Due to the many trials we face as Christians (Vss. 2-4), there is another thing we should do daily.  We should daily be asking the Lord for wisdom.

 

THE CRY FOR WISDOM Vs. 5

THE COURAGE OF FAITH Vs. 6A

THE CONSEQUENCES OF DOUBT Vss. 6b-8

 

 

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James 1:9-15

REASONS

 

REASONS TO REJOICE - Vss. 9-11

The Brother of Low Degree Is Exalted - Vs. 9

 

The Rich Brother is Humbled - Vss. 10-11

 

REASONS TO BE RELIABLE - Vs. 12

The person who faithfully endures trials will be rewarded.

 

REASONS TO RESIST - Vss. 13-15

God tempts nobody. Vs. 13

A tempted person is someone who has been drawn away by his own lusts and enticed. Vss. 14-15

 

 

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James 1:12

WHEN TRIALS CONFRONT US

 

"Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him."

 

ENDURE THE TRIAL - "Blessed is the man that endureth temptation:"

EYE THE REWARD - "...for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life..."

EXPRESS YOUR LOVE - "... which the Lord hath promised to them that love him."

 

 

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James 1:17-19

OUR GOD!

 

OUR GIVING GOD - "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above...

 

OUR GREAT GOD - "...and cometh down from the Father of lights with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

 

OUR GRACIOUS GOD - "Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures."

 

 

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James 1:17-22

A WONDERFUL LIFE

 

GIFTS FROM GOD - Vs. 17

God sends good and perfect gifts.

 

GRACE FROM GOD - Vs. 18

We were born again by the word of truth.

 

GROWTH FOR GOD - Vss. 19-22

1.     Control anger - Vss. 19-20

2.     Lay sin aside - Vs. 21a

3.     Receive God's Word humbly - Vs. 21b

Be a doer, not just a hearer - Vs. 22

 

 

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James 1:18-27

THE SERMON SAMPLER’S GUIDE

 

James has something to say to those who listen to the Word of God preached. He gives what I would call "The Sermon Sampler's Guide”.  James shows us that listening properly to a sermon will involve:

 

REACTION TO THE SERMON - Vss. 18-20

 

Vs. 18 shows us that a man is forgiven of his sin and saved when he is born again. The first birth was a natural birth. A man’s second birth takes place when he acknowledges his sin, and trusts that Jesus Christ paid for it all on cross of Calvary, and that he was buried and rose again. He trusts Christ alone as the way to Heaven. John 1:12-13

 

James also points out that the new birth takes place in response to the preaching of the "word of truth" or the word of God. A person is influenced to trust Christ when the Word of God is preached concerning salvation. It is the preaching of the cross from the Word of God that is effective in leading people to Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:18

 

The ministry of the preached word does not end with salvation. The Word of God is to be preached to those of us who are saved. Preaching to the saved accomplishes other things besides salvation:

2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Timothy 4:2

 

Vs. 19 - Just as we were born into the family of God by responding to the Word of Truth, we will grow spiritually as we respond to the preaching of the Word of truth. There are three reactions we are to have to the sermon in this verse.

 

1. Swift to Hear.

“Swift to Hear” means being ready willing, and able to listen to what is being said.

 

I think of being swift to hear in two ways.

First, I am swift to hear if I show up to church regularly.

By showing up, I am not only saying “I am here to worship God.”  I am also saying, “I am here to listen to what God has to say through the speaker.”

 

The second way I must be swift to hear is my attitude towards the sermon.  I must force my mind and my heart to listen to what is being said.

 

The reason that I am to be swift to hear is because the Word of God is coming to me from God’s servant, using God’s Word, to bring God’s message. We should actually be listening to hear what God has to say through God’s man.

 

We should imitate the Thessalonians, of whom Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 2:13: For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

 

2. Slow to Speak

Many of us speak before we think. The preacher says something we do not like and our reaction is hasty.

 

The preacher isn’t always right, but often we react before we have meditated on what he has said. How often have we thought someone wrong when we’ve heard their ideas, but the more we thought about what they had to say, the more we thought that they were right!

 

When we criticize a sermon before thinking it through we are accomplishing some not so nice things.

·       We are sowing discord among the brethren in the church.

·       We are giving our families a negative attitude about the church and God’s servant.

·       We are setting ourselves up as another’s judge.

 

Check out what the preacher says with the Word of God. If he’s wrong show him. If he’s right, do what the Word of God says.

 

3.     Slow to wrath

 

Sometimes the preacher will make us angry by what He has said.  Even if the preacher is incorrect, the wrong kind of anger will accomplish nothing.  Many times we are angry about what the preacher has said because we are under conviction. 

 

Vs. 20 tells us that there is a right kind of anger. That anger is a righteous anger. But more often than not our anger is man’s anger. We are personally hurt, personally bitter, personally holding a grudge.

 

This anger is often present before the sermon begins. Don’t expect to get much out of the sermon if you’re angry with the preacher about something else.

 

RECEPTION OF THE SERMON - Vs. 21

 

Verse 21 is basically telling us to get rid of anything we know to be sin in our lives. We are to confess it, and make it right.  1 John 1:9

As we confess our sins we are helping our hearts to be ready to receive the message that God has for us with a receptive heart.

 

James 1:21 - Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

 

The reception of the engrafted word is able to save our souls.

Wait a minute!

I’m already saved!

Yes, if you know the Lord Jesus as your Savior, you are.

However, the humbly received word received in good soil will save you from the problems caused by sin now.

It will save you from a lot of grief.

   

REPRODUCTION OF THE SERMON - Vss. 22-29

 

What is a good sermon? A good sermon is one that sends you out the door doing things differently than when you walked in the door.  The best sermon samplers take what they have heard and reproduce it in their lives. A good sermon sampler is a "doer of the Word".

 

James shows us at least 3 ways that a good sermon sampler is a doer of the word:

 

The best sermon samplers take what they have heard and reproduce it in their lives. They put the Word of God into shoe leather!

 

Vs. 22 – There are many samplers of sermons in our churches, but there are few doers.

 

If you are just a hearer of the word and not a doer you are fooling someone. You are not fooling God and you are probably not fooling others.  You are just fooling yourself!

 

Vss. 23-24 – A person who is a hearer is like a person who looks in a mirror and forgets what he looks like. A mere hearer of the word looks into the mirror, the Word of God, and then walks away and forgets what the Word of God says.

 

Vs. 25 - A doer of the Word looks into the perfect law of liberty, the law of Christ, and does what the Word of God says and he is blessed.

 

A doer of the Word is free to serve God the way He should be served.

 

Vss. 26-27 contain a challenge from James to the one who thinks that he is religious.  A truly religious person does three things as a doer of the Word.

 

1. He bridles his tongue. Vs. 26

2. He assists the fatherless and widows. Vs. 27

3. He keeps Himself pure and unspotted from the world.

 

Are you a good sermon sampler?  If not, become a better one through:

 

REACTION TO THE SERMON

·       Swift to Hear

·       Slow to Speak

·       Slow to Wrath

RECEPTION OF THE SERMON - Vs. 21

REPRODUCTION OF THE SERMON - Vss. 22-29

 

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James 1:19-22

GLORIFYING GOD

 

God is glorified by the Christian when there is:

 

REACTION OF PATIENCE Vss. 19-20

REMOVAL OF SIN Vs. 21a

RECEPTION OF GOD'S WORD, Vs. 21b

RESPONSE TO GOD'S WORD Vs. 22

 

 

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JAMES 1:22-27

DOER OR HEARER?

 

There is a contrast in this passage between a doer of the word and a mere hearer.  Each of us who listen to the preaching of the word of God are one or the other. Which are you?

 

COMMAND - Vs. 22

 

COMPARISON - Vss. 23-25

 

CONDUCT - Vss. 26-27

Control the tongue

Help the needy

Keep yourself pure

 

 

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