by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 11 and 12 of a 12 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 11: Prayer and Healing
Series: Faith With Boots On
Stuart Briscoe
James 5:13-18

Having advocated patience and perseverance James instructed his readers concerning what they should do while being patient! Among other things, they should pray.What he meant by prayer and what it accomplishes are the topics for today.

I. The Dynamic Force of Prayer. v. 16

A. Prayer is a potent power. See Matthew 5:13, 9:12; 1 Peter 4:11

B. Prayer packs a punch. See Ephesians 3:20; Colossians 1:29

C. Prayer is a precious privilege-"Righteous man."
1. Not perfect but forgiven.

2. Not superman but "like us." E.g. Elijah. 1 Kings 17 19
a. Dynamic then depressed.
b. Courageous then cowardly.
c. Motivated then maudlin.

3. Not superb intelligence but supernatural intervention.

II. The Decisive Factors of Prayer.


Part 12: Bringing the Wanderers Home
Series: Faith With Boots On
Stuart Briscoe
James 5:19-20

James has spoken about those who are in trouble, those who are happy, those who are sick, and those who are having relational problems, and he has explained what should be done. But what about those who are wandering away? What should be done about them?

I. We Should Wonder as They Wander.

A. Wondering about their condition.
1. Are they unbelievers who fooled us?
2. Are they unbelievers who fooled themselves?
3. Are they believers who are backsliding?
4. Are they believers who are apostatizing?

B. Wondering about the causes.
1. Influence of seductive agencies. 2 Peter 2:15

2. Ignorance of scriptural truth. Mark 12:24 27
a. The truth and regeneration. James 1:16 18
b. The truth and liberation. John 8:32
c. The truth and obligation. Galatians 5 7
d. The truth and motivation. 1 John 3:18 19

3. Insistence on self deception. 1 John 1:8

II. We Should Worry as They Wander.

A. The issue of a life lived in error.
1. Getting off on the wrong foot.
2. Heading off in the wrong direction.
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