We began a new sermon series entitled "Getting Real", which draws from the Epistle of James. Pastor Craig kicked things off, looking at how we can get real and show our faith in the temptation we're sure to face in life. Read James 1:9-18 in preparation.
"Temptations are certain to ring your doorbell; but it’s your own fault if
you ask them in to stay for dinner.”
- William Gladstone
Get real and show your faith in Temptation by...
1. Acknowledging the source. (v.13)
· It’s not God.
· It’s not your circumstances.
· It’s your own evil desires.
2. Not following the course.(v.15)
· Getting lured away from the Path.
· Once lured away you take the bait.
This course inevitably leads to separation from God
3. Remembering God is good.(v.16,17)
· We can be deceived into thinking otherwise.
· Even in times of trial and temptation.
· God proved He is good by saving us.
1. Read 1Corinthians 10:13. What are some temptations common to man?
What tempts you the most?
2. How far will God let you be tempted?
3. Is there always a way out, if so, what is it?
4. Read Hebrews 2:18, 4:14-16. How does Christ help
and sympathize with us in our weaknesses and temptations?
5. Read Hebrews 12:1-13. How do these verses give you encouragement in
facing trials and temptations?