When Your Faith Is Tested

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May. 10, 2020

Sermon Outline

WHEN YOUR FAITH IS TESTED

James 1:1-12

Introduction:James is the brother of Jesus and the leader of the Jerusalem church.The church is under chronic stress and many believers have had to leave and live outside the country.James’s instruction to them is relevant to us in our circumstances today.

I.CONSIDER IT PURE JOY WHEN YOU FACE TRIALS

A.“Consider.”Reframe Your Suffering

B.Source of “Pure Joy

1.Not joy for the suffering itself

2.Joy for the opportunity of eternal results (vs. 12)

II.THE TESTING OF YOUR FAITH

A.Suffering Exposesthe True Nature of our Faith

1.Pain reveals what we really believe

2.The only way to purify faith is through suffering

B.Faith

1. Faith is not leverage to get God to do what you want

2. Faith is confidence in God

III.ALLOW TRIALS FINISH IT’S WORK

A.“What We Want Removed God Will Use”

B.What Suffering Can Bring

* perseverance

* maturity and completeness

* the “Crown of Life”

IV.ASK FOR WISDOM

A.Not for Answers

B.Wisdom for How to Live in Suffering

Conclusion:Suffering and it’s work in the church is how God changes the world.