James: Faith that works Part 8
James 3: 13-18
“tfrom wining the lost to winning the augment"
So to part eight in our series on the book of James. And the topic is wisdom and church unity. So often within our church community’s we find trouble, our personalities start to take president over and the grace and gentleness that should characterise our Christian lives is forgotten. James has much to say about the wisdom we gain from the word of God and a daily walk with Jesus and how that should be demonstrated in our lives.
James: Faith that works Part 7
James 3: 1-12
“the tongue is simply the messenger the delivers the mail composed by the heart"
We reach part seven in our series on the book of James. The passage in chapter three is well known and deals the power of the tongue. Perhaps what we say has the power to effect others more than anything else. We can encourage and uplift or cause great damage. Do we honour God in what we say?
“We will be judged by the Lord for our care of the world"
We take a short break in our series on the book of James and welcome one of our elders Anthony Wield-Forrester. Looking at the history of this traditional communion passage we see its relevance in our society today.
James: Faith that works Part 6
James 2: 14-26
“Have I done one single thing today because Jesus said to do it?”
James continues in his teaching concentrating on actions and deeds. Real faith is not just something you feel or say but do. Where is the real faith in our lives? Do we pray or share our resources with others? The Bible goes on to talk about faith and says even the demons believe and tremble with fear, such is their faith. How much more should be transformed by our faith in God?
Luke 10: 25-37
Jesus was asked by an expert in the law “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” In the answer Jesus mentions to love thy neighbour, the expert followed with the question “And who is my neighbour?” Jesus explains the answer with the Parable of the Good Samaritan.
James: Faith that works Part 5
James 2: 1-13
“The world is very impressed by outward appearance”
James doesn't mince his words when dealing with the issues surrounding the rich and poor. We often put labels on people as we judge them by appearances but the message in the word of God is very different. We are made equal in the image of God; equally fallen and equally forgiven.
James: Faith that works Part 4
James 1: 19-27
"Listening and Doing"
James says we should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger. Also to DO what the word says not JUST TO LISTEN to the word. If you just listen to the word you are deceiving yourself.
James: Faith that works Part 3
Matt 4: 1-11 & James 1: 13-18
“How to win the battle against temptation”.
When James talks of temptation he does not say IF tempted but WHEN tempted. But is temptation a sin against God? Can God be tempted? The Bible tells us no, but we know that Jesus was tempted by the devil and isn’t Jesus God? Yes but Jesus gave up his divine attributes to come amongst us and face suffering and temptation and he is the one we turn to when we struggle in times of temptation.
Tea with Tearfund
This is a recording of our evening service and we welcome Graeme McMeekin director of Tearfund Scotland. Graeme gives us an insight into the work of Tearfunds throughout the world.
James: Faith that works Part 2
James chapter 1
“I understand that the world thinks we are crazy”.
Our new series on the book of James is underway and in part 2 we look further into chapter one, the rich and the poor. The vast majority of the world lives in poverty and we are privileged to have wealth. James has much to say about the rich, does it bring arrogance or a sense of power? However there are no second class citizens in the kingdom of heaven. Wealth will not bring us salvation, it is grace alone. What then should our attitude be to our wealth and resources and how we use them?
James: Faith that works Part 1
James chapter 1
“The most honest book in the world”.
Today we start a new series on the book of James. Starting in chapter 1 we dive straight into the deep stuff. The Christian life is described as the best life but not the easiest one. How do we deal with trials and troubles in our Christian lives? Do we consider it pure joy and see it as a maturing and strengthening of our spiritual lives? Do we ask the Lord who gives generously for wisdom and strength?
John chapter 4
We look this week at the famous story of the Jesus and the Samaritan women. The two meet at the well and a conversation is struck up. It is said that 95% of the church has never led anyone to a faith in the lord. We are ambassadors for God and in our day to day interactions with friends and colleagues do we take the opportunity to share our faith?
Church without the Holy Spirit
Luke chapter 4
We look this week at Luke chapter four and also a short statement from the Salvation Army’s founder William Booth “Church without the Holy Spirit”. Have we lost the touch and guidance of the Holy Spirit in our churches? And if we look at the life of Jesus and see how much he depended on the power of the Holy Spirit how more is that power needed in our walk with the Lord?