Pressure is nothing new. James, the half-brother of Jesus, wrote to Jewish Christians in the first century who faced intense pressure. They had been dispersed because of persecution, and they faced increasing pressure to let faith live only in their heads instead of being evidenced in their lives. James beckoned these first believers to let pressure push them deeper in their journey with Jesus. Today, James invites believers to open their lives to the truth of God's Word and learn how to deal positively with pressure points.
Please join us for this sermon series as we tour the book of James and talk about topics such as, Suffering, Temptation, Our Speech, Conflict, and Retaliation.
11/13 Suffering, It’s Not Always Bad!
We think of pressure as something to be avoided. We don't like "high pressure" sales-people. We talk about being stressed out by the pressure we feel at work. But pressure can also be a powerful tool. Please join us as we explore this powerful tool.
11/27 You Are A Dog! – Mark 7:24-30
This should be one of those stories that makes you say, "What's up with that?" This story just seems a little off. It doesn’t seem to be fitting with the character of Jesus. Please join us as we look at it carefully, to see if we can figure out what's going on.
12/11 Conflict Resolution
Stella Liebeck sued McDonald's in 1992 after spilling coffee into her own lap. Stella was awarded $2.9 million in damages by a New Mexico jury, and ever since then, McDonald's has had to warn people that their coffee is hot. Is there a better way to resolve conflict than to drag someone to court? Please join us as we discuss the way Jesus resolved conflicts.
12/25 We Are Not Diamonds
Pressure Doesn’t Have To Harden Us
It is vitally important that we do not allow the pressures of this life to harden our hearts. How do we do it? How do we prevent the problems and pressures of this life from hardening our heart?
11/20 The Devil Can’t Make You Do It, But He Will Try
The devil is not as powerful as we often think but he can be persuasive. And the closer we are walking with God, the harder he will work to get us off track. Please join us as we investigate the devil and discuss strategies to defeat him.
12/4 The Power Of Our Speech
It's been estimated that the average person spends one-fifth of his or her life talking. How do you use your words? Please join us work together to make our speech more pleasing to God.
12/18 Revenge Or Justice
Revenge sells. From Kill Bill to True Grit to Star Wars to The Count of Monte Cristo, stories of people who are driven by revenge touch something deep within us. We all want to see justice done for past wrongs. Please join us as we discuss the important differences between revenge and justice.
1/1 Pressure Points: Concluding Thoughts
Please join us as a few of our members present their concluding thoughts on this sermon series