February 2, 2014

Build in Trials and Temptations

Speaker: Reid S. Monaghan Series: Build: The Book of James Topic: Exposition Passage: James 1:12–1:18



Hearing, Doing, Building


Build: In Trials and Temptation (James 1;12-18)


On Temptation


Landing in a Ditch
Distracted from the Plan



Remain Steadfast (verse 12)


Battles in the Now

  • Nehemiah
  • Jesus


Eternal Perspective


The Source of Temptation (verses 13-15)


Our own desires?


The birthing of death



The Source of True Good (verses 16-18)




The Good Giver


New Birth



Community Meditation Questions



  • Read 1 Corinthians 10:13, Psalm 119:9-11, Romans 12:1,2 together. Why is a renewed mind and a worshipping heart key to saying no to temptation? Why is saying “Yes” to some desires key to saying “No” to others?
  • Why did James tell us “every good and perfect gift is from God” right after talking about temptation, sin and death?


  • What are your major areas of temptation to sin? What issues of love/worship do these reveal in your heart? What is truly first in your heart?
  • Do you think your relationship with God and his calling on your life is better than the offers of sin? What do we learn from Moses example in Hebrews 11:24, 25?


  • Why is it easy to blame God or the Devil when we are tempted? Why is it hard to examine our own hearts and desires? In what ways can we be victims to our own foolishness?

other sermons in this series

May 25


Build Faithfully

Speaker: Reid S. Monaghan Passage: James 5:19–5:20 Series: Build: The Book of James

May 18


Build in Prayer

Speaker: Scott C. Jones Passage: James 5:13–5:18 Series: Build: The Book of James

May 11


Build with Patience and Focus

Speaker: Reid S. Monaghan Passage: James 5:7–5:12 Series: Build: The Book of James