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Overcoming Your Mistakes (11 of 23)
Series: A FAITH THAT WORKS (James)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
(A) SERIES .... A FAITH THAT WORKS ....The Book of James .
1- James --The Christian Manual on Maturity .... Probably the 1st Book written in the New Testament.
2- It is all about how to grow up as a Christian.
3- James shows us The Marks of Christian Maturity --
a- Chapter 1 .... The 1st Mark is Your Perseverance ....
b- Chapter 2 .... The 2nd Mark is Your Practice .... (Relationships).
.... A Mature Christian knows: How To Treat Others!
* Something else a mature Christian does.
* A Mature Christian still makes mistakes! His Practice is not always perfect.
4- Unfortunately .... we tend to think that as a Christian matures, he will reach a place where he doesn't make mistakes any more.
a- Even a mature Christian blows it from time to time.
b- Maturity is not the absence of mistakes.
c- Maturity is demonstrated by the proper handling of mistakes!
* James not only shows us that a Mature Christian makes mistakes .... but he also shows us how a mature Christian overcomes his mistakes.
-- King, touring slave ship filled with criminals from his kingdom .... Slaves chained in galley .... sweat, blood-- smell filled the air .... asked one slave why he was there: "Innocent victim of circumstance".... Another slave "Someone lied about me, I'm innocent" ..... another and another -- All innocent.
-- One slave -- asked him -- with head hung low, "I deserve to be here -- I am guilty" -- and he made a full confession of what he had stolen.
-- King: "You vile sinner -- What are you doing in the presence of so many honest men." "Guard -- Release this man" .....The King showed him mercy.
(B) One sure mark of immaturity -- A refusal to accept responsibility for the mistakes we make!
1- A willingness to admit your mistakes is a sure sign of maturity.
2- Once you've admitted your m ...
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