The Most Miserable Person in the World (23 of 23) by Chuck McAlister

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The Most Miserable Person in the World (23 of 23)
Series: A FAITH THAT WORKS (James)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
James 5:19-20

INTRO:

(A) Series .... A FAITH THAT WORKS !
1- James ... The 1st Book written in the New Testament... The Manual on Maturity!
.... James has pulled no punches -- He has told us how to practically apply truth to our lives.
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! (5: 1- 6) !
.... James tells us that we will have to go through periods of waiting to fulfill our purpose .... and he shows us how to do that. (5: 7-12) !
.... James has also taught us that the maturity involves the total person: Body, Soul, and Spirit! (5: 13-16a)
.... He has also taught us how to pray -- the essential activity of a growing Christian.
4- James does at the conclusion of this Mark of Maturity what he has done at the conclusion of each one -- He contrasts the false and the real!
.... Here, however, James concludes his letter by dealing with that Christian who has chosen not to grow up!
.... James discusses: THE MOST MISERABLE PERSON IN THE WORLD.


(B) There are many unhappy .... unfulfilled .... sad .... frightened people in the world around us.
.... Some may be even here today ---
* I heard about a man who would be a possible candidate for the most miserable person in the world ---

-- Man: holding a rope ... lowering a barrel filled with bricks ...barrel heavier than man ... pulled man up-- still clinging to rope .. ...


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