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Life's Toughest Tests (4 of 23)
Series: A FAITH THAT WORKS (James)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
.... SERIES: A FAITH THAT WORKS!
(A) Studying .... The Book of James .....
1- THE Manual on Maturity in the Bible .... The 1st Book written in the New Testament.
2- James' basic theme -- "You live what you believe."
.... His letter -- built around the 5 marks of a Mature Christian.
3- There is no patience with phonies .... or hypocrites ....
.... No room for religious game playing.
4- The proof that you belong to Jesus is found in the fact that you apply His Truth to your life.
.... and that you are maturing .... growing up .... as a Christian.
(B) James .... already taught us that to mature, we have to do 2 things:
1- PASS LIFE'S TESTS vs. 2-4
2- MAKE RIGHT CHOICES vs. 5-8
* James now turns his attention to those areas in our lives where we will face our toughest tests .... and where people make more foolish choices than any other.
* James is saying .... If you pass the tests in these areas, and make good decisions, then you are well on your way to becoming a mature Christian.
* READ TEXT ...... (vs. 9-12)
.... James is saying to us that you will be facing your toughest tests in the areas of money and in the daily pressures or temptations of life.
.... It's not the sudden crises or tragedies that suddenly burst on your life that provide the toughest tests or most difficult choices.
.... It's how you handle your resources (your money) and the daily pressures or temptations of life.
-- James mentions 3 separate tests that will be your most difficult to face .... that will require your best choices:
I. THE TEST OF POVERTY
II. THE TEST OF PROSPERITY
III. THE TEST OF PRESSURE
I. THE TEST OF POVERTY VS. 9
(A) "brother" = Christian .... talking to believers.
1- "low degree" = low on the socioeconomic scale ... a brother who is poor.
2- "rejo ...
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