Passage: James 4:1-12
Memory Verse for the Week: James 4:11-12 (ESV)
Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?
Intro: How prevalent is strife? Just look around …
WHAT’S MISSING HERE?
How do we compare, criticize or complain (over what, whom)?
JESUS IS ENOUGH
No matter your circumstances, why do we believe that Jesus is enough?
JOY, CONTENTMENT & LOVE
A life of joyful contentment = gratitude, delight, and generosity.
YOU CAN PRAY WITH US ...
1. Worship the LORD for His sufficiency and perfect goodness. Praise Him, Father, Son and Holy Spirit that He is enough, and that in Christ He has done enough to meet our every need.
2. How have you lived full of worldly desires, and as a result, full of strife in your relationships? Confess your distortions of reality to Jesus, asking Him to forgive you for loving things more than Him or other people.
3. Give thanks to Jesus for His work to atone for our sins and to fill our ultimate emptiness. Thank Him for being punished for our attempted theft of His glory, and for giving us His Spirit to satisfy our yearnings.
4. Who do you know that lives discontented and quarrelsome? Pray for them, asking the Lord to help them to uproot the idols that fuel their unhappiness and that they would trust Him, and live in His love instead.
5. Ask the Holy Spirit to bear in you His fruit of joy – to delight in the LORD above all things. Humble yourself before Him and pray for His fullness that you would be joyful to share with others rather than coveting or fighting.
The Facilitator is a study tool designed to help you engage with the weekly sermon through the five elements we incorporate in our Community Groups; Get Acquainted & Sharing, Sermon Study, Mission, Worship and Prayer. This tool will be made available Monday morning to give us the opportunity to look back at what we heard on Sunday.