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Paul’s Determination & Warning from Agabus - 2017-07-25 12:00:00
Paul Shares About Giving - 2017-07-24 12:00:00
Paul’s Warning to the Ephesian Elders - 2017-07-24 12:00:00
Paul–An Example of Faithfulness - 2017-07-23 12:00:00
Paul’s Determination To Go To Jerusalem - 2017-07-23 12:00:00
When, Where, How & How Long to Worship - 2017-07-22 12:00:00
Discipleship Despite Difficulties - 2017-07-22 12:00:00
Results of Religious Greed - 2017-07-21 12:00:00
Beware of Cult Practices - 2017-07-20 12:00:00
Miracles Performed by Paul for Authentication - 2017-07-19 12:00:00
The Holy Spirit is a Person - 2017-07-19 12:00:00
Tactfulness–Words That Work Mightily - 2017-07-18 12:00:00
God Works His Will in His Servants - 2017-07-18 12:00:00
Paul’s Roman Citizenship On Trial - 2017-07-17 12:00:00
Paul Adapts to His Audience - 2017-07-17 12:00:00
Religion ... Ridicule ... Results - 2017-07-16 12:00:00
Obstacles that Hinder the Work of the Lord - 2017-07-15 12:00:00
Paul & Silas – Trust God’s Strategy for Ministry - 2017-07-14 12:00:00
Paul’s Ministry Produces "People” Change - 2017-07-13 12:00:00
Paul & Silas – Praising God While In Prison - 2017-07-12 12:00:00
Paul & Timothy – New Ministry Duo - 2017-07-11 12:00:00
Paul – Flexibility in the Itinerary - 2017-07-11 12:00:00
Paul and Barnabas Disagree About John Mark - 2017-07-10 12:00:00
Jerusalem Council–Decisions for Unity - 2017-07-09 12:00:00
Jerusalem Council–Decisions Based on God’s Word - 2017-07-09 12:00:00
Jerusalem Council–Discussion Re: Moses’ Law - 2017-07-08 12:00:00
Jerusalem Council–Divisions Re: Circumcision - 2017-07-08 12:00:00
Paul and Barnabas Share their Ministry with Supporters - 2017-07-07 12:00:00
From "God” to "Stoning” – Paul Still Committed to Preach - 2017-07-07 12:00:00
Paul and Barnabas Refute People’s Worship - 2017-07-06 12:00:00
Opposition/Rejection From the Iconium Crowd - 2017-07-06 12:00:00
Gentiles Receptive to Paul’s Message – Jews Become Envious - 2017-07-05 12:00:00
Paul Preaches the Gospel Including Christ’s Resurrection - 2017-07-04 12:00:00
Paul and Barnabas Say Farewell to John Mark - 2017-07-03 12:00:00
Barnabas and Saul Commissioned for Missionary Service - 2017-07-02 12:00:00
Saul (Paul) Confronts a Sorcerer at Cyprus - 2017-07-02 12:00:00
Prayers Answered – Oh We of Little Faith! - 2017-07-01 12:00:00
God’s Judgment on King Herod (Agrippa I) - 2017-07-01 12:00:00
Continual Prayer Brings Results - 2017-06-30 12:00:00
Barnabas Seeks Saul to Help with Discipleship - 2017-06-29 12:00:00
Antioch Believers Send Encouragement to Jerusalem - 2017-06-29 12:00:00
Peter’s Defense to the Legalists - 2017-06-28 12:00:00
Peter Preaches to Cornelius Household - 2017-06-27 12:00:00
Peter Meets Corneilius - 2017-06-26 12:00:00
God’s "Gentile” Message to Peter through Visions - 2017-06-25 12:00:00
Cornelius–A Religious Man on a Mission for God - 2017-06-24 12:00:00
Peter Used by God in Joppa to Heal Beloved Dorcas - 2017-06-23 12:00:00
Previous Persecutor Begins Preaching Ministry - 2017-06-22 12:00:00
Ananias is Available to Disciple Saul–a New Believer! - 2017-06-21 12:00:00
Saul’s "Damascus Road Conversion” to Paul - 2017-06-20 12:00:00
Ethiopian Eunuch Evangelized by Philip - 2017-06-19 12:00:00
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Stephen’s Sermon–The Bold Conclusion! - 2017-06-16 12:00:00
Stephen Stoned to Death for his Faith - 2017-06-16 12:00:00
Stephen’s Sermon–Moses’ Mandate From God - 2017-06-15 12:00:00
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Stephen’s Sermon–Abraham’s Promised Descendents - 2017-06-13 12:00:00
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The marks of a spiritually mature Christian are covered in this outline:

  1. He is patient in testing (chapter 1).
  2. He practices the truth (chapter 2).
  3. He has power over the tongue (chapter 3).
  4. He is a peacemaker (chapter 4).
  5. He is prayerful in troubles (chapter 5).

James - The Marks of Spiritual Maturity

  • It was written by James (1:1). Possibly it was the first New Testament book to be written.
  • James was the half-brother of Jesus Christ (Matthew 13:55-56; John 7:2-5; I Corinthians 15:7; Acts 1:14). He did not become a follower of Jesus until after Jesus rose from the dead.
  • He was a key leader of the Jerusalem church (Acts 21:15-19; Galatians 2:9; Acts 12:16-17).
  • He moderated the first church conference (Acts 14:27-15:33). This council approved Gentiles becoming a part of the church.
  • It was probably written prior to the Jerusalem council held in A.D. 50.
  • It was written to scattered Jewish believers living outside Palestine (1:1-2). Many of the Jewish believers were being persecuted for their faith in Christ.
  • These Jewish Christians were having problems in their personal lives, and all of these problems had a common cause: spiritual immaturity. James wrote to them about how to face their difficulties and live the Christian life.
  • Because these scattered people were believers in Jesus Christ, they had been rejected by their nation and their own Jewish families. They were also rejected as foreigners in strange lands with strange gods.
  • This letter could be considered a how-to book on Christian living, confrontation, and challenge, as well as a call to commitment.
  • What James had to say is very practical. He emphasized that Christianity is a living faith-a faith that works (2:14-26). A good question for us to ask ourselves each day as we read the passage is, “If we say that we believe as we should, then why do we behave as we shouldn’t?"
  • James encouraged his readers to patiently endure the sufferings of this present life in view of the future prospect of the coming of the Lord (5:7-12).
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