James: Jesus' Bold Little Brother

James grew up as Jesus’ kid brother and went from incredulous skeptic to die hard believer. He became one of the most influential pastors of his day, proclaiming Jesus right up until the day of his violent death. This oft-quoted book of the New Testament has a great deal to say to today’s believers about stepping up, stepping out, and living with the courage that can only come from knowing Jesus.

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Feeling Burdened, Being Blessed

There’s only so much you can put in a load before it becomes too heavy to carry. Life is like that. We can choose to carry our burdens and the burdens of others, but Jesus reminds us that if we take them to him, he’ll carry it for us.

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Jesus’ Ownership, Your Stewardship

The ungodly rich have abandoned Jesus’ instructions, and now James has some strong words for them. This sermon examines how individuals become the type of people James rebukes and what happens to their understanding of stewardship and their view of God.

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Jesus’ Life, Your Life

What are you looking forward to, hoping for, dreaming about? Visions lead to plans. These can be God-willed; sometimes, however, they leave out God completely (“Godless”) or are so vague it’s hard to tell whether they involve God at all (“God-light”). James warns us that life is too uncertain, brief, and important to abandon our priorities.

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Jesus’ Conflicts, Your Conflicts

Conflict happens. Whether it’s physical or digital, conflict invites others to join in on the riot, and according to Pastor James, this is just part of being sinners in a fallen world. But, he says, conflict need not be worldly—we can engage in a kind that’s godly.

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Jesus’ Love, Your Love

Christianity begins with God’s love for you. Before God asks you to love him or love anyone else, he loves you first, and he gives you his love to love him back and to love others. King Jesus left his throne in heaven, lived as a man under the law, went to the cross, suffered and died in our place, paying the penalty for all of our sin—all because he loved us.

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Your Seat, Jesus’ Seat

What if church functioned like a sporting event—which service you attended and where you sat depended on the price you paid? In James’ day, a similar situation forced him to challenge the church’s preference for the rich, who were oppressing the poor. The underlying issue was partiality. Through James, God commands us to treat everyone the same because that’s what he says we are.

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Know the Word, Do the Word

Christianity is the Christian following in the footsteps of Christ: knowing the word of God and doing it. It’s not that knowing the word is bad and doing the word of God is good; rather, knowing the word without doing the word is bad, and so is doing the word without knowing it. Like pedals on a bike, they require the other in order to work.

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Jesus’ Temptation, Your Temptation

Every time God provides an opportunity, Satan brings opposition. This is why, for those who follow Jesus, things are bound to get harder, not easier. But by the grace of God, you can fight, persevere, and emerge victorious because, as the Bible says, no temptation will come to you that you can’t beat.

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Rich Jesus, Poor Jesus

Should Christians be rich or poor? The right answer is, Christians should be godly. This sermon examines where we tend to get our identity and how remembering God’s unchanging love for us changes how we see things.

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Hard Life, Good God

Believers often tell unbelievers, “Give your life to Jesus. Go to heaven.” They often leave out the middle, the hard part called “life.” But James is more forthright, saying it’ll get harder before it gets easier, and sometimes the closer you are to Jesus, the more difficult it’ll be.