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Just a Closer Walk With Thee! (14 of 19)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: JAMES
Steve N. Wagers
July 17, 2005
1. The Control God Desires!
A. The Passion of God toward Our Life!
B. The Provision of God for Our Life!
2. The Commitment God Deserves!
A. How We Must Stand!
B. Where We Must Stay!
3. The Cleansing God Demands!
A. The Proper Action for Sin!
B. The Proper Attitude Toward Sin!
* Since early in my ministry I have had a great admiration and appreciation for the life and ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. I have had the opportunity of retracing his life and visiting many places that were significant in the life and ministry of Charles Spurgeon.
* I have been to the house where he was born in Kelvedon, England. I have visited the little village of Stambourne and the church of his grandfather, where and with whom he spent several years of his childhood. I have been to Colchester and the little Primitive Methodist Church where he was saved. I have sit in the very place he was sitting the day he was saved.
* I have stood on the banks of the River Lark where he was baptized. I have stood where he preached his first sermon and as well visited the first Church he pastored in the little town of Waterbeach . I have attended services at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London where during his ministry it was one of the largest churches in the world, if not the largest.
* I have in my library numerous books by Spurgeon. One of my cherished possessions is one of his actual sermon outlines. I have been an avid reader of his sermons and devoured biography after biography of his life. My interest in his life and ministry only continues to grow as I learn more of him and become better acquainted with him.
* Of all the things I have read about Spurgeon and all the things he said, I don't guess anything gripped my heart any more than one particular statement he made. In one of his sermons he made the statement that he was never out of vital contact with God for more than ten minutes.
* In Spurgeon's case, I do not think that was an idle boast. In our case, I think it is a real possibility. It is possible to live in a continual and perpetual contact with God. As believers, we can be close to God and stay close to God.
* In our text, James speaks to us about being in vital contact with God and being close to Him. After speaking of a person being an enemy of God, he now speaks of a person being close to God. After speaking of being a friend of the world, he now speaks of being a friend of God.
* Would you like to be in vital contact with God? Do you want to be close to the Lord? Would you like to live with just a closer walk with the Lord Jesus? Let's notice our text and see what it takes to get close, be close and stay close to God.
1. The CONTROL God DESIRES!
* A key to being close to God is being controlled by God. This control is sought by God and desire ...
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