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How to Live Confidently (32 of 37)
Series: Authentic Christian Living
Let’s open our Bibles to the book that talks about Authentic Christianity. That is the theme of this book we are studying.
Do you know what that is? We have been studying that for many weeks. What book do you think it is? The book of James- chronologically the first book of the New Testament written by the pastor of the first Church, the Church at Jerusalem who was our Lord Jesus Christ’s earthly brother the oldest of the children Mary and Joseph had jointly was James. Of course Jesus was virgin born He was not anything to do (??) with Joseph but Mary and Joseph had four boys and two girls. James followed Christ after His resurrection and became the pastor of this church. We are in the fourth chapter starting in verse 13 where we find the elements of what the effect of authentic Christianity is on your every day life. No matter where you are, no matter what happens, no matter what is going on, an authentic Christian can live in confidence.
This morning look at the elements of a confident life--one that operates well in any conditions. The Bible says that the closer we get to the end of the world- people are going to be less and less confident. Luke 21 says that people are afraid in the end; their hearts are failing them for fear because of things happening in the skies, because of the raging of the seas, because of earthquakes and pestilence and people are going to be very lacking in confidence. But God says no mater what is going on around us we who belong to Christ should be living confidently. Let me just scan with you what’s going to be in our text-- James describes it in 4:13-17.
1. THE PURPOSE OF MY LIFE IS NOT TO GATHER MONEY. v. 13
2. THE BREVITY OF MY LIFE IS PART OF GOD’S PLAN. v. 14 Life is short I mean that’s not new to us but we try and forget about it, we ignore it, we fill our lives so full we forget that it is running by and the meter is ru ...
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