Friday, March 15, 2019

James Chapter 5: Prayer and Praise

Outline of Service 24th March 2019

James Chapter 5:  Prayer and Praise – Jas 5:13

Faith at Work – helping and waiting

Hymn105:  Saying Thanks!  

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 19:7-14 – Following God’s Way

Bible Readings: -                                             

·     Oppression and Discrimination are Wrong!  James 5:1-6

·     Elijah’s Power through Prayer:  1 Kings

·     Patience and Prayer: James 5:7-20

Hymn 26:  God has a Plan – Wait for It.

·     In chapter 5 James firstly points out that oppression is wrong, just as he did about discrimination in chapter 2; he uses the term “riches” to refer to not only money, but attitude and life-style

·     He exhorts us to be patient, “for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh” (8) and like the farmer waiting for the crop to mature, God will fulfil His plan in His time 

·     James recommends that we pray and praise (13) whilst we are waiting, and that we seek to help others in need

·     James uses the example of God’s Prophet Elijah who, although just like us, was used by God through his prayers

·     Remember – God is in control, and nothing is too big for God 

·     Using the keys that James has given let us establish a relationship with God, and seek to be preserved in spirit and soul and body until Jesus Christ returns.

Hymn 132:  A Permanent Resident?


Sunday, March 3, 2019

James Chapter 4: Submit Yourselves to God

Outline of Service 10th March 2019

James Chapter 4:  Submit Yourselves to God – Jas 4:7

Faith at Work - against Worldliness and Strife

Hymn 90:  Waiting on God  

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 130:1-8 – Waiting on the Lord

Bible Readings: -                                             

·     Beware the Influence of Others!  Deuteronomy 8:1-20

·     Draw Near to God:  James 4:1-12

·     Let God do the Planning: James 4:13-17

Hymn 122 (Tune 123):  An Inside Problem!

·     James tells us that “friendship of the world is enmity with God” (4) – this was what Moses told the Israelites!

·     God humbled Israel because of their disobedience – James said for us to humble ourselves before God

·     Moses exhorted Israel to follow God’s commandments, and James said to draw near to God 

·     God planned Israel’s journey through the Wilderness, and we should make our Plans loosely, saying, “If the Lord will”

·     In humility we should submit ourselves to God and seek to Him to fulfil His Will in our lives as we wait for Him to carry out His Plan for this World.

Hymn 59:  God’s Plan for Us


Monday, February 11, 2019

James Chapter 3: What We Believe and Say

Outline of Service 24th February 2019

James Chapter 3:  What We Believe and Say – Jas 3:18

Faith at Work in What We Believe and Say

Hymn 128:  Sound His Praise Abroad

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 145:1-13 – A Place of Peace

Bible Readings: -                                             

·     The Heart and the Mouth:  1 Samuel 1:1-18

·     The Tongue Speaks of What is Inside:  James 3:1-18

Hymn 123:  Inspiration from God

·     What we believe will form the foundation of how we perceive the environment around us and the world in which we live

·     From what we say other people will assess what they think we believe and will make assumptions about us

·     If we believe in God and show this through offering praise to Him in what we say and how we say it we will have peace within ourselves and others will see it

·     James warns us to be single-minded (1:8) – we must watch what else we say, “for a fountain cannot bring forth at the same place both sweet water and bitter” (11)

·     Paul said in Ephesians 5:19 - Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lordwhat we say will reflect what we believe in our hearts

·     If we think right, say right and look for peace God will show the “fruit of righteousness” in us (18).

Hymn 129:  Thoughts, Words and Works


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

James Chapter 2: What We Do and How We Do It

Outline of Service 10th February 2019

James Chapter 2:  What We Do and How We Do It – Jas 2:8

Faith at Work in What We Do and How We Do It

Hymn 87:  God Calls His People

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 91:1-7 – A Secret Place

Bible Readings: -                                             

·     Love Your Neighbour:  James 2:1-13

·     Abraham’s Faith Demonstrated:  Genesis 22:1-8, 15-19

·     Works of Faith:  James 2:14-26

Hymn 101:  A Good Relationship with God

·     In chapter 1 James tells us that we should learn to accept all those things that go wrong (trials), as the trying of our Faith works patience 

·     In chapter 2 James looks at situations in which we have to make the choice and decide what we will do

·     Our faith should lead us to condemn favouritism for the wrong reasons, and discrimination - Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself

·     We are guilty under the Law unless we have become perfect!

·     Faith leads us to want to follow God, and this is demonstrated in our actions or works that He leads us to do

·     It is our faith that saves us, but it is proved by our works – obedience to God’s Laws and Commands proves our faith.

Hymn 15 (Tune 13):  Faith Made Perfect


Saturday, January 19, 2019

James Chapter 1 - Faith at Work

Outline of Service 27th January 2019

James Chapter 1:  Faith at Work – James 1:3

Hymn 104:  God is Our Refuge

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 91:1-7 – A Secret Place

Bible Readings: -                                             

·     God Can Turn Things Around:  2 Kings 6:8-23

·     Trials Make Patience:  James 1:1-12

·     Be Doers and Not Hearers Only:  James 1:19-27

Hymn 100:  Following The Master

·     Things are not always what they might seem at first glance – but God is always in control! 

·     Sometimes when things look bad, they might be good – our journey through life is set for us to learn by

·     Jesus was our example to do good – we show our faith (belief) through what we do and not just what we say

·     Let us thank God for His promises and His guidance, and look to Him to see Him at work in our lives as He prepares us for the coming of the Lord.

Hymn 49:  Persistent Faith Rewarded


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Lessons from David: Vision for the Future

Outline of Service 13th January 2019

Lessons from David:  Vision for the Future – Psalm 139:5

Hymn 102 -Tune 100:  Joy in His Presence

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 139:1-12 – An Ever-Knowing God

Bible Readings: -                                             

·     David Trusted in God:  2 Samuel 7:1-11, 22-26

·     Building on the Past:  Revelation 21:1-14

·     The Fulfillment:  Isaiah 66:1-2, 10-14

Hymn 51:  The Day of the Lord

·     David trusted in God both because he knew God would deliver him from immediate situations, and because God had given him a Vision 

·     When David’s personal vision was different to what God wanted, David accepted God’s greater understanding

·     The Temple that David wanted to build was a type of the Temple or City that would descend from Heaven at the Last Days

·     Are you seeking God to direct your life so that you may be a stone in that Building that represents those who have believed throughout the ages

·     Let us thank God for the understanding He has given us in this age as we await the return of Jesus Christ to this Earth. 

Hymn 6:  The Joys Prepared


Friday, December 14, 2018

Lessons from David: Preparation

Outline of Service 23rd December 2018

Lessons from David:  Preparation – 1 Chron 13:3

Hymn 105:  Our Almighty King

The Lord’s Prayer from Luke 11:2-4

Psalm 24:1-10 – The King of Glory

Bible Readings: -                                             

·     The ark of God Returns:  2 Chronicles 13:1-14; 15:1-3

·     Coming Prepared or Not!  Matthew 25:1-13

·     The Promised Messiah:  Luke 1:26-33

Hymn 109:  The King of Truth

·     David often planned and prepared for important events – he was motivated by a feeling in his heart! 

·     When David first wanted to bring the Ark of God “home” he was confronted by God’s Judgment!

·     We need to recognise God’s grace, but also prepare to meet His requirement for righteousness! 

·     The Foolish Virgins had not undertaken adequate preparation for the task they were to carry out

·     As we think of the birth of the Saviour, and see how God had planned the end from the beginning, let us recognise the importance of praising and following God in our lives 

·     If we prepare by offering a sacrifice of righteousness to God, He will give us the gift of life through His Son Jesus Christ.

Hymn 14:  Joyful Tidings