by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 5 and 6 of a 12 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 5: Show Me Your Faith
Series: Faith With Boots On
Stuart Briscoe
James 2:14-26

We're all familiar with the mistaken idea that it doesn't matter what you believe as long as you're sincere. James also stresses the importance of how we believe. He insists that valid faith is readily observable in action.

I. Assumptions. v. 14
A. People can be saved.
1. What does it mean?
2. What does it do? See Ephesians 2:1-10

B. People are saved through faith.
N.B. "Pistis" (Faith) occurs 15 times in James.
1. Faith is a divine gift. Ephesians 2:8
2. Faith appropriates divine riches. 2:5
3. Faith rests in divine provision. 2:1
4. Faith releases divine resources. 5:15
5. Faith endures divine testing. 1:3

C. People need to be sure about their faith.
1. The possibility of confusion.
2. The possibility of evaluation.

II. Assertions. vv. 15 25
A. Faith is dead if devoid of compassion. vv. 15 17


Part 6: Tongue In Check
Series: Faith With Boots On
Stuart Briscoe
James 3:1-12

Anyone who has had a physical examination has heard the words, "Put out your tongue." By looking at this peculiar organ, the doctor can tell a lot about our condition. James goes much further!

I. The Tongue Needs to Be Considered.

A. The tool of the teacher. v. 1
1. A prestigious position.
N.B. Rabbi: "My great one."

2. A privileged person. Matthew 28:20; Acts 13:1

3. A precarious profession.
a. The teacher's tool is the tongue.
b. To whom much is given… Luke 12:48
c. Tongues can inform and inspire or inflame and insult.

B. The measure of the mature. vv. 2 5
1. The tongue is slippery.
2. So we all stumble.
3. In the things we say.
4. Therefore a disciplined tongue.
5. Mirrors a mature life.
6. Because the tongue is like a bit and a rudder.

C. The weapon of the wicked. vv. 6 12
1. It is like a forest fire. v. 6
a. It starts-in hell (gehenna).
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