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Build in Humility and Trust

April 27, 2014 Speaker: Reid S. Monaghan Series: Build: The Book of James

Topic: Exposition Scripture: James 4:13–4:17



Hearing, Doing, Building




Viewing “the future”


Build In Humility and Trust


C’Mon Man (Verse 13)

Making Plans? Luke 14:27-33
Pencil vs. Ink
  • Short term VISION vs. OMNISCIENCE

Psalm 147:5; Isaiah 55:9, 1 John 3:19,20

  • Short term DURATION vs. ETERNAL GOD

Psalm 90

What is your life?

Ecclesiastes 1:11

Proper Posture (Verses 15,16)



Proper Perspective (Verse 17)




Practical Results


Community Meditation



  • Read together all of Psalm 90. List together or on a whiteboard everything said about the nature of God. List everything about human beings?
  • The passage tells us there is something we need to be taught? What is it? What does that phrase mean?
  • How does the Psalm end? What is their prayer? How does planning relate to this?


  • When you realize God’s plan is in ink and ours in in pencil, how does that make you feel? Do you think your plans matter more or less in light of the God’s sovereignty (God being the highest authority and his in-control-ness)


  • Are their ways in which you have lived as if God’s will didn’t matter to you?
  • James 4:15 says we ought to say “If it’s the Lord’s will we will do this or that.” Read Proverbs 15:22 and Acts 13:1-3. How do we as Christians seek to discern God’s will?
  • How do prayer, fasting and community weigh into our decisions?

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