James - Vital Signs: Trials of Many Kinds

Message & Notes from 10/07/18

Trials of Many Kinds

Key Scripture James 1:2-12

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower.11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.

12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.






3 Natures

  • Nature of Trials

Trial and hardship are a fact of life BUT in Christ they are not in vain.

James 1:2-4, John 16:33, 1 Peter 4:12, Romans 5:1-5, 1 Peter 1:7, Romans 8:28

  • Nature of Man

 Walking the tight rope between Jesus and anything else does not end well.

James 1:6-8, Genesis 3

  • Nature of God

God is completely trustworthy - - no matter what is going on around us. That is a reason for joy.

James 1:5, Ephesians 1, Psalm 139, 2 Peter 3:8, Psalm 90, James 4:14, Is 43:2, Deuteronomy 31:6, Matthew 28:20, Joel 2:20, Rev 21:5 Is. 53:3-5

Next Steps:

look UP - Read Romans Chapter 8 for encouragement in your trials, Watch the story of Job Here for great insight into God's wisdom

lean INJoin a group to connect with other folks trying to follow Jesus in the face of many trials

reach Out - Share your experiences with those that don’t know Jesus. Pray each and everyday for an opportunity to share your story with someone until God answers that prayer. Consider sharing your story of God's faithfulness in your trials with the Crossroads Community.