How Christians....should face trouble

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    In for a penny, in for a pound.

    Here are the notes from my Sunday Evening message:
    The first message, in a series through James.


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    July 17, 2011 -HOW CHRISTIANS....SHOULD FACE TROUBLE-
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    GRAB YOUR BIBLES James 1:1-4
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    Last week we finished up Ecclesiastes(after about 6 months);
    And tonight we start a series of messages through:
    The New Testament version of Ecclesiastes.....
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    Ecclesiastes, is unique because it says some things;
    That don’t “seem” to be right...until you look closer:

    In the same way that James, says some things:
    That don’t “seem” to be right....until you look closer at it.
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    LETS READ THE TEXT James 1:1-4
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    Tonight’s message is going to be about......“Facing trials”!
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    V.1A “James,”
    -THE MAN GOD USED......TO PEN THIS LETTER-
    (The Lord’s half brother:)
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    The former pastor at Jerusalem:
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    -PROOF THAT GOD.....DOESN’T CARE ABOUT WHAT MEN THINK-
    By not being concerned about charges of nepotism!
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    V.1B “a servant of God”
    -A RELATIONSHIP........WE SHOULD NOT FORGET-
    (Our relationship with God the Father:)
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    Jesus is our Lord...But God is our Father!
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    V.1C “and of the Lord Jesus Christ,”
    -ANOTHER SEPARATE RELATIONSHIP.........TO BE AWARE OF-
    (Our relationship with Jesus Christ:)
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    A Question: Who do we worship??
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    V.1D “to the twelve tribes “
    -A SEPARATE GROUP OF CHRISTIANS......THAT ARE THE SAME AS WE ARE-
    (Everything changes after we are born again:)
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    We are no longer Jews nor Gentiles:
    But we are....”the Church of God”!
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    V.1E “which are scattered abroad,”
    -PERSECUTION IS ALWAYS THE SAME......FOR ALL CHRISTIANS-
    (It sometimes forces us...to scatter:)
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    -OUR HUMAN MINDS....MAY EXPECT THINGS TO BE DIFFERENT-
    After all.........we are God’s people:
    Shouldn’t God protect us from this?
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    -AN ATTITUDE......GOD’S PEOPLE HAVE ALWAYS HAD...ABOUT THIS WORLD-
    “This world is not my home...I am just passing through”
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    All of God’s people in the New & Old Testaments:
    Were somewhat “nomadic”:
    So that they would be ready to “scatter” or go home!
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    -THERE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN SELL-OUTS.......WITHIN THE CHURCH-
    People who call themselves Christians:
    But who will not “scatter” at trouble:
    But will conform to the world....instead!
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    V.1F “greeting.”
    -THE SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP.......WE END UP HAVING WITH EACH OTHER-
    (Because of the way we will be treated by the world:)
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    Addressing each other with respect & good will!
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    “greeting” Lit.(Goodwill & respect)
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    V.2A “My brethren,”
    -A LETTER OF INSTRUCTIONS.......FOR ALL CHRISTIANS-
    (So that we will be able to endure:)
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    The persecutions.....that are sure to come!
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    V.2B “count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;”
    -THE GREAT CHALLENGE.....AT THE HEART OF THIS PASSAGE-
    (That is important enough...to spend an entire hour:)
    Talking about:
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    The challenge.......to face trials:
    With a rejoicing heart!
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    -AN INSTRUCTION....THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE-
    Because this one decision:
    Will totally change our attitude about bad times:
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    Because we will be remembering that God is in control!
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    -AN INSTRUCTION....THAT IS “A WAY OF LIFE”-
    This “mind-set”....that God is in complete control:
    Will effect the way we live....every day of our life!
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    -AN INSTRUCTION......THAT IS VERY “DOABLE”-
    Because it’s “God’s commandment” to us:
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    Therefore all we have to do....is desire to do it:
    And the LORD will enable us to!
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    -SOMETHING THAT THE LORD.....WONDERFULLY BLESSES-
    (Facing our trials with “joy”:)
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    Because it shows the world...who our Lord really is!
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    V.3A “Knowing [this],”
    -A “KNOWLEDGE”....THAT HELPS US...TO “COUNT IT ALL JOY”-
    (Because....facing trials with Joy:)
    Is something...that we must get our mind around:
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    Therefore....understanding how it works.....will help us do it!
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    V.3B “that the trying of your faith”
    -WHAT IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING....DURING TRIALS-
    (Our faith is being tested:)
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    Because we believe that God is in control:
    Therefore we might ask ourselves....“why this is happening”:
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    Therefore the Lord gave us this letter:
    To give us a “heads up”...about what to expect!
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    V.3C “worketh patience.”
    -WHAT TRIALS......ARE ACTUALLY DOING IN US-
    (They are developing patience...in us:)
    While we wait for the Lord to deliver us:
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    Note: Most of the Bible.....are records of people “waiting”:
    For the LORD to deliver them!
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    V.4A “But let patience”
    -THE NATURAL RESULT......OF GAINING MORE PATIENCE-
    (Our entire life will be effected:)
    If we let it be:
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    Unfortunately “most professing Christians”:
    Don’t study the book of James:
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    Therefore they don’t know what to expect:
    From the Christian life:
    And immediately do the wrong thing...in times of trials!
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    V.4B “have [her] perfect work,”
    -TRIALS WILL ONLY BE A BLESSING TO US.......IF WE ENDURE THEM-
    (Otherwise....trials will cause us to fall away:)
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    This is what makes “trials”:
    A real TEST of our faith!
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    V.4C “that ye may be perfect”
    -GOD’S GOAL FOR US.......WHEN HE ALLOWS TRIALS INTO OUR LIVES-
    (That we become better Christians:)
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    By learning to trust Him more!
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    V.4D “and entire, wanting nothing.”
    -WHAT GOD MEANS........BY “PERFECT”-
    (Complete...lacking in no area:)
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    A goal that we will never attain in this life:
    But God wants us to know what we are shooting for!
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