Sermon God’s Tender Mercies
“The Lord Is full of compassion and mercy.” James 5:11
640,000 American military have fallen since WW I. We humbly remember them this Memorial Day weekend. We pursue the future more freely because of their ultimate sacrifice. We desire to be better people because they sacrificed their lives for ours.
In his brief book, James highlighted how we can become God’s noble best. Following are some keys:
1) Pray. “The prayers of a righteous person accomplishes much.” Be a person who prays for God to heal our wounds and touch our world. Enter into to God’s bigness. Stretch yourself.
2) Listen with patience before you act & speak. James tells the reader to “listen” (7 times) and to develop “patience” (8 times) . Only then can we be open to receive God’s messages, and accurately hear others. “The patience of Job” is first used in James 5.
3) “Stand firm” in God’s ways. Be ethical in your business dealings.
Don’t grumble against people. Otherwise these sins will come back to haunt you.
“The judge is standing at the door.”
4) Love others even those who are most difficult to love, including yourself. This Royal Law opens your heart to help win back people who have lost their way, 5:17.
As Richard Baxter (1615-1691) said, “Lord, whatever you want, wherever you want it, whenever you want it, that is what I want.”
Pastor Les Hollon - May 29, 2016
God's Tender Mercies & Our Tough World
From Series: "James: Living Through God's Wisdom"
GENRE - James is the biblical book of wisdom in the New Testament. For instance - Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job, and a section of the Psalms are wisdom books in the Old Testament. In this brief book (5 chapters), God challenges us to trust Him enough to trust that His ways are the way to live wisely. There are also many wisdom sections in the New Testament. For example Jesus in the Sermon On The Mount (Matthew 5-7) taught wisdom in a way that significantly influenced James in writing his letter. But James is the New Testament book that, from its beginning to its ending, is best understood as wisdom literature. AUTHOR - For me there is sufficient evidence to conclude that James, the brother of Jesus, is the author of the book that bears his name. He grew beyond his childhood and early adulthood reluctance about Jesus. Ultimately he embraced Jesus as the Messiah, and became a wise & courageous leader in the Early Church. Paul highlighted that Jesus appeared to James at the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:7) Luke records in Acts that on various occasions James participated in developing the early Christian community. James wisely led the church through the controversy of the Jerusalem Council. (Acts 15) TIME & AUDIENCE - James or 1 Thessalonians was the first written book of the New Testament, circa 45 A.D. The audience were Jewish Christians who were scattered in various regions of the Roman Empire.