Responding Faithfully to Trials
January 15, 2012 Speaker: Series: James
Passage: James 1:1–5
The overall thrust of this passage: Christians must allow trials to accomplish their purpose in "perfecting" faith, thus giving us pure joy.
Point # 1 Trials test our faith that it might be pure.
Point # 2 The immediate goal of trials is to build our perseverance in the faith.
Point # 3 The ultimate goal of persevering faith is eschatological perfection and completeness – when we will lack nothing.
Point # 4 Christian faithfulness in our approach to trials requires wisdom, which God gives to us generously and without finding fault, if we ask him.