Jimi Merrell - December 2, 2018

James Chapter 5

Prayer is powerful and effective. Yet in our world of modern convenience and technological advances, we may find ourselves seeking other avenues of relief before we come to the Father. Headache? Tylenol. Financial issues? Chase Credit. Marriage problems? Dr. Phil. Sin issues? Bury them deep within ourselves and hide them. Although the Bible provides us with a perfect prescription to address issues such as these, we may choose to ignore God and do things our own way. In James 5, James provides his "scattered congregants" with the following directive: If you are in trouble…if you are happy…if you are sick…PRAY!

From Series: "Back to the Book - A Study in James"

In the month of November, we will have the opportunity to examine and consume selected portions of each chapter of the book of James. James is an upfront and blunt leader in the early Christian movement overseeing the church in Jerusalem. The key message in James' Epistle is a call to spiritual maturity. He challenges believers to a Godly lifestyle in the areas of personal sin, trials, speech, obedience, faithfulness, self-sufficiency, anger, actions, and patience to name a few. He is the half-brother Jesus, and was martyred for his faith in A.D. 62 according to the historian Josephus. James is both challenging and inspiring, and a "must study" for any believer who desires to mature in their faith. Because we desire to become the type of worshippers the Father seeks, we must spend time looking intently into his perfect law and displaying what we have learned in our daily lives. Let's do this together!

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