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Count it all Joy

January 12, 2014 Speaker: Reid S. Monaghan Series: Build: The Book of James

Topic: Exposition Scripture: James 1:2–1:4

 

Introduction

 

Hearing, Doing, Building

 

A Theology of Difficulty

 

Connected to worldview

 

Dealing with reality
  • Job
  • Paul
  • Peter
  • Jesus
  • James

 

Purposeful Trials

 

Crazy Talk? (verse 2)

 
A command for joy
 
Options?

 

We Know (verse 3)

 

In Full Effect (verse 4)

 

 

Community Meditation

 

Know

  • Read Psalm 66:10 and 1 Peter 1:7. Why does God use metallurgy as an example for what “testing” our faith really does?
  • How do trials and testing teach “US” but not God, something about our faith? Discuss this in light of the wilderness testing of God’s people in the OT (see summary in Deuteronomy 8)

Feel

  • Share with one another a time (maybe even now) when you felt like some trial or difficulty tested your faith?

Do

  • What do people need to remain steadfast under trials? What do they need to know? What do they need to feel? What do they need from the gospel community?
  • Think about the trials in your life now, ask God how you can consider/count these things “all joy”

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