September 2, 2018

Endure and Mature

Passage: James 1:1-18

We all know that life is going to have some troubles. And we have some expressions that try to encapsulate that reality. “Into each life a little rain must fall!” “Mama said there would be days like this!” Even Scripture says, “As sparks fly upward, so man is born to trouble!”

I don’t know anyone who likes trouble, yet James calls us to “count it all joy, when you meet trials of various kinds.” It’s one thing to go through trials without losing your mind. It’s a whole different level to go through them with a positive attitude. To say, “This is a good thing!” just seems wrong. I certainly struggle with saying that to myself, let alone to other people who are going through some pretty intense trials. But the Holy Spirit inspired James to write it, and we are going to look at why we really can say, “I am glad I am going through this trial.

Sermon Notes

Endure and Mature
Pastor Roger Freeman
James 1:1-18
September 2, 2018

I count trials as a good thing because...

• I have a bigger reason to live for.

• I have a better resource to live with.

• I have the best relationship to live in.