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Being Healthy, Happy, and Holy (21 of 23)
Series: A FAITH THAT WORKS (James)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
James 5: 13-16
(A) Series .... A FAITH THAT WORKS !
1- James ... The 1st Book written in the New Testament...The Manual on Maturity!
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!
c- Chapter 3 .... The 3rd Mark is: Your Power!
d- Chapter 4 .... The 4th Mark is: Your Peace!
e- Chapter 5 .... The 5th Mark is: Your Purpose!
.... James told us that the greatest challenge a mature believer will face as they fulfill their purpose will be the stuff (the possessions ) of this world!
.... James tells us that we will have to go through periods of waiting to fulfill our purpose .... and he showed us the choices we must make to do that.
.... Now James wants us to understand that the road to maturity must involve the whole person .....
-- To be truly mature, you must be mature in every part of your being!
.... So James gives us some instruction on BEING HEALTHY .... HAPPY .... and HOLY!
(B) Romans 1:20 "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:"
I.E. .... You can see the power and nature of God (the Godhead) in creation!
1- God -- made man to reflect His nature.
a- God .... is 3 in 1 .... Father, Son, and Holy Spirit!
b- All 3 .... the same, yet distinct ....
-- Best way to explain it .... Drop a cube of ice in a pot of boiling water .... You have H2O .... the same essence in 3 forms .... Almost impossible to separate them. Ice = solid ..... Water = liquid ....
.... Steam = gas.
c- God is God in essence .... with 3 expressions -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit ...
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