Friday: Further Study: The Perfecting of Our Faith
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Further Study: Ellen G. White, “The Sermon on the Mount,” p. 298-314, in The Desire of Ages. God would have his servants become acquainted with their own hearts. In order to bring to them a true knowledge of their condition, he permits the fire of affliction to assail them, so that they may be purified. … [Click to read more …]

HopeSS: The Perfecting of Our Faith
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You can view a discussion of the current lesson in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: The Rich and the Poor
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In this short letter, James shows great concern for poor people; some even consider it his major theme. But to modern ears, his diatribes against the rich and in favor of the poor seem extreme, even shocking. At the same time, however, James isn’t saying anything much different from what Jesus has said. Compare James … [Click to read more …]

02: The Perfecting of Our Faith – Hit the Mark
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Now Abraham and Sarah were old, well advanced in age; and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself. Genesis 18:11-12 Sarah had just overheard Abraham being told again that his wife would bear him a son. It was humanly impossible for Abraham and Sarah to have a child. Although firm … [Click to read more …]

02: The Perfecting of our Faith – Thought Starters
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Introduction…After surgery and 74 days in rehab for a broken hip joint, I’m back and headed for full recovery! Don’t read this if you’ve never done anything stupid, but I put on an ankle weight and forgot it was on until I decided to leap from my bedroom to the kitchen. For a split second I was … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: The Flip Side of Faith
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Read James 1:6-8. What is he saying to us here? The word for doubt refers to one being inwardly divided; this helps us to understand its connection to double-mindedness. We see a clear example of this at Kadesh-Barnea. Israel faced a choice there: move forward in faith or rebel against the Lord. Amazingly, they chose … [Click to read more …]

02: The Perfecting of Our Faith – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought: James shows us how trials and difficulties help us to strengthen our faith and purify our lives… [Lesson Plan for The Perfecting of Our Faith October 6, 2014] 1. Have a volunteer read James 1:2,3 and Ephesians 4:13. a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: Asking in Faith
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Read James 1:5-6. How is wisdom different from knowledge? What connection does James make between wisdom and faith? It may seem a bit odd that James says, If any of you lacks wisdom. Who thinks he or she has enough wisdom to begin with? Solomon, for instance, recognizing his need, humbly asked for an understanding … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Perfection
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Read James 1:2-4. Notice the progression: faith, testing, patience, perfection. James begins with faith because that is the foundation of all true Christian experience. He then says we need trials to test the genuineness of our faith. Last, James states that trials can teach us perseverance, so that eventually we will not be caught by … [Click to read more …]

Faithfulness by Thankfulness
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But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 2 Timothy 3:1-2 NKJV Being unthankful is more than just bad manners. It is one of the perils of the last days. Being unthankful goes … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Perfecting of Our Faith
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Read for This Week’s Study: James 1:2-3; 1 Pet. 1:6-7; Phil. 3:12-15; James 1:19-21; Luke 17:5-6; Luke 12:16-21. Memory Text: Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of … [Click to read more …]