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November 25, 2018 Pastor: Verne Nakasone Series: James

Passage: James 5:12

OVERVIEW:

The pressures and demands of life put plenty of pressure on the Christian. This is why it’s vital that you be intentional and deliberate about pursuing Christ. Philippians 3:7-12 provides 4 reasons why you ought to pursue Christ.

  • Humbly pursuing Christ is how you get to know God (3:7-8a)
  • Humbly pursuing Christ confirms your justification (3:8b-9)
  • You humbly pursue Christ because of your imperfection (3:12a)
  • You humbly pursue Christ because He has made you His own (3:12b)

NOTES:

1A. PURSUE PATIENCE (5:7-11)
1B. Patience involves waiting
2B. Patience involves lacking
3B. Patience involves suffering
4B. Patience involves enduring
5B. Patience involves trusting
6b. Patience involves blessing
2A. PURSUE HONESTY (5:12)
1B. The importance of pursuing honesty—“But above all”
2B. The imperative to pursue honesty – “Do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath”
3B. The instruction to pursue honesty—“But let your ‘Yes,’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ be ‘No,’”

CONCLUSION:

James discussed “the perfect law of liberty” (1:25). The law is now perfect (whole and complete) with both the Old and New Testaments. When combined, the result is de-scribed as liberty.

The Christian is now is free to say, “Yes” to their brothers and sister in Christ as often as we can and say, “No’ as a genuine and honest response. We are free to love and serve one another.

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