Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sunday Sermon Outline: James 4

“Doing the Right Thing”
James 4

Introduction: 2 Timothy 4:3; 1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Timothy 3:15; Ephesians 4:11; 2 Timothy 3:16-17

I.  The Pleasure of Man vs. 1-4
     “What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? [2] You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. [3] You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. [4] You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

1 John 2:16; Genesis 3:17-19; Titus 2:12; Revelation 3:1

II. The Presence of God vs. 5-10
     “[5] Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: “He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us”? [6] But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.” [7] Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. [8] Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. [9] Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. [10] Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.”

Ephesians 1:13-14

III. The Presumption of Man vs. 11-14
     “[11] Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it. [12] There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?”

Matthew 16:24; James 1:22, 26; John 16:8; 2 Corinthians 10:12

     “[13] Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” [14] Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.”

2 Peter 3:10

IV. The Purpose of God vs. 15-17
     “[15] Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” [16] But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. [17] Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

1 Peter 2:24; 1 John 3:10; Romans 8:5


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