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Latest Series: Contending for the Faith

08.13.23 | James 4:1-12

Rod VanSolkema

Date: August 13, 2023

Category: Message

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Sermon Application Questions

Read James 4:1-10
The overall theme of James 4 is not that certain behaviors are sinful but goes deeper and mentions that the heart is the root of sin. Rod specifically uses 2 Greek terms that deal with the root of sin which is the heart. Rod uses 2 Greek words that speak of the condition of the heart:

  • The first is found in James 4:1 and is "hedone' which is defined as "the craving or desire for comfort and pleasure." How do you see this heart condition present in our culture? How have you seen it in the church? How have you seen it in your own life?
  • The second term is "epithumia" in James 4:2 defined as. "an inordinate, over the top desire." Rod mentioned that John Calvin spoke about our hearts being created to worship God and if we are not worshipping God then whatever replaces it becomes an idol. How have you been able to keep your heart worshipping God? How have you seen idols creep into your heart?

Read James 4:6-10
It is encouraging to know that as Christians, God gives us a new heart and that our posture is now a humble one that knows that the sin in your life is fine. Expressions of this humility Rod mentioned were: " When was the last time you cried over sin?" and "We need to submit all aspects of our lives to God." How have you seen these expressions of humility in your life? 

Lastly, we know we have an Enemy who is a tempter and deceiver who we must resist knowing that the devil will then flee from us. (James 4:7) What does this look like in your life?

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