Series: Authentic Faith
August 21, 2022
James comes to the conclusion of his letter to scattered Christians with the encouragement to pray for each other and to seek out prayer to make it through the difficulties that life would throw at them. These Christians were facing persecution and depravation and, in their weakness, he reminds them to seek God in prayer and band together in that prayer to look out for each other. ---------- Frank takes a look at this passage and shares a message reminding us of that need to prayer with and for each other.
Acts 8:1-4, And Saul approved of his execution. And there arose on that day a great persecution against the church in Jerusalem, and they were all scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles. Devout men buried Stephen and made great lamentation over him. But Saul was ravaging the church, and entering house after house, he dragged off men and women and committed them to prison. Now those who were scattered went about preaching the word. Philip went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed to them the Christ.
Big Idea: God is the ultimate source of comfort and strength…. Pray.
(Journal) James 5:13
2nd Corinthians 1:3-4, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
1st Peter 5:7, ….casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.
1. When I am weak I will seek help from those who are strong.
(Journal) James 5:14-15
2nd Corinthians 12:10, For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
1st Thessalonians 5:14, And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.
2. When I am strong I will seek to help those who are weak.
(Journal) James 5:16-18
Matthew 13:15, For this people's heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.
1st Peter 2:24, He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.
Next Step: I will maintain an open, sharing, and praying relationship with other Christians.
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