Current Studies

Faith When Angry (James 1:19-21)

We are spending this month looking at James’ teachings on how to have authentic faith especially during trying times. James 1 tells us that God is using trials to make us mature and complete so that we lack nothing. Therefore, we must let steadfastness have its full effect. Further, James tells us that we need to pray for wisdom while we are in our trials because God will gives us the wisdom we need generously. James also taught us how to look at temptations. No one should think that God is tempting them or that God is trying to destroy their faith. God is for us, gives us every good and perfect gift, and has given us new birth by the word of truth. Rather, what is separating us from God are the evil desires that are in us. Our desires give birth to sin which leads us to spiritual death. Now James is bringing us to a fourth consideration for our times in trials. Another problem that arises during trials is anger…

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Do Not Fear (Matthew 14:13-36)

We have noticed in our study of Matthew that this gospel stacks historical accounts together to teach us important messages about who Jesus is and what it means to follow him and belong to his kingdom. In our last lesson we noticed the rejection of Jesus and John. John was killed for preaching that it was unlawful for Herod to be married to Herodias. This event causes Jesus to leave where he is in Galilee. In Matthew 14:13 we read that Jesus now moves to a desolate place by himself. But this rejection will help us see an important picture of Jesus who gives us no reason to fear…

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Faith When Tempted (James 1:13-18)

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 NIV)

James writes this book to strength the faith of believers who are experiencing trials. James has instructed us to let perseverance finish its work so that we can be mature and complete, lacking nothing. God is using trials to transform us so that we are mature and complete. God does not want his children to lack anything. So let the trial do its work. James has also instructed to ask God for wisdom because he gives wisdom generously and without reproach. Life instability does not come from the trial but shows that we are not trusting God as our life anchor. James now sums up this teaching in James 1:12. You are blessed for persevering under trials because you will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. Those who love the Lord persevere under trial and they will receive the crown of life because they have stood the test…

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