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Christian Atheist – Week 3

Christian Atheist
1. Christian Atheist – Week 1
2. Christian Atheist – Week 2
3. Christian Atheist – Week 3
4. Christian Atheist – Week 4
5. Christian Atheist – Week 5
6. James: Jesus’ Savage Little Brother – Week 6
7. James: Jesus’ Savage Little Brother – Week 7

LG VIDEO – WEEK #3 – 6:21 MINUTES

FULL SERMON – 41:28 MINUTES

DISCUSSION:

  • What was the hardest TEST you have ever taken (ie: school, career, DMV)
  • Share your notes from the teaching, what impacted you? Was there a moment you sensed the Holy Spirit?

SCRIPTURE 

James 1:2-12

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be matureand complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

UNcomplicate it:

Observation Question:
What do you observe about the passages? Take turns sharing from observations from the text or your personal notes from service.

Understanding Question:

What is the difference between trials and tests? James 1:3 says that the testing of our faith produces perseverance. What is perseverance?

Application Question:
Pastor MJ said, “Testing sets the stage for faith to be on display.” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego refused to worship the gods of King Nebuchadnezzar and stood out among the crowds. Share a test or testimony that helped you put your faith on display? 

Before Next Week:
– Pick someone to share next week from their Life Journal to kick off the group discussion.
– Pray for one another in groups

Life Journal Reading Plan:
Day 1: Oct 16: Acts 5
Day 2: Oct 17: Acts 6 & 7
Day 3: Oct 18: Acts 8 & 9
Day 4: Oct 19: Acts 10 & 11
Day 5: Oct 20: Acts 12
Day 6: Oct 21: Acts 13 & 14
Day 7: Oct 22: Acts 15 & 16

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