Service times: 9:00am, 11:15am, & 6:00pm
Join us as we continue our series in the book of James where Pastor Mark teaches through the life and scripture written through Jesus' little brother.
Week 14 Summary
“Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit...More of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
But above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or by any other oath, but let your ‘yes’ be yes and your ‘no’ be no, so that you may not fall under condemnation.” - James 5:7-12
As humble servants of God, we are to remain patient when worldly people indulge themselves or cause trouble, because our Lord is coming. We have seen his compassion and mercy. We know his faithfulness, and he will bless us if we remain steadfast in faith and obedience. But this is not a return to self-reliance, as if God is calling us to faithfulness in our own strength. Jesus, the unbreakable “anchor of the soul,” has been cast into our boat to hold us steady (Heb. 6:19). When we sense doubt or fear pulling us away from God, remember that he who holds us will not relinquish his eternal grip upon us. Let us humble ourselves to the Lord who sustains us.