Messy Christianity…Overwhelming Joy

Joy in its Maturity (5)

James 1                                                                                    Pastor Todd Harker

June 18, 2017

Scripture Emphasis:

James 1:2 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds” NIV

Within life, we will face heart-wrenching trials.  They are as certain as death and taxes.  These trials can come from many sources.  They can attack without notice. When they do we are to face them with joy.  Why?  Because something wonderful can come from them – another JIIMM!

Observations of James 1:1-5

  1. Believers are not ________________ to trials – Matt. 5:11 – 12
  • Trials – from within or without
  • Various – motley
  1. Believers should not be ______________ by trials – 1 Peter 4:12 – 19
  1. A believer has nothing to feel __________ about when faced with trials – John 9:1-3
    • From the HWC syndrome – “What is wrong with ________ God”
    • From the MDP syndrome – “What is wrong with ________ God”
  1. JIIMM’s
  • Trials add _______________ to my walk
  • Trials add _______________ to my humanity
  • Trials add _______________ to my witness
  • Trials add _______________ to my counsel

Embrace the Mess!!!