James 1:10-11 – The Rich

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But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.

The Rich

James now moves on t0 write regarding the rich in the church.

“Rejoice”

James is writing to the rich and poor of how to stay encouraged during what could be a tough time. He writes to “the rich” because there are Wealthy Christians. Many would take teaching about the Rich in the Gospels and make Christianity out to be a “poor man’s only” club. Christianity is not a religion demanding poverty and James clearly sees room for both in the church. There are preachers out there today, mainstream, who would push all Christians to give away their wealth and purposely live in or at the poverty line.

Wealth cannot help with a spiritual test.

We cannot buy our way into heaven. Christianity brings to the rich a new sense of self-abasement. Riches while useful, can bring a false sense of security. They make you feel safe. They make you feel as though you have the resources to cope with anything. They give the false-security of being financially stable enough to buy oneself into or out of any situation.

James gives a great illustration of this:  “as the flower of the grass he shall pass away” “For the sun is no sooner risen….but it withereth the grass” In the desert places of Palestine if there is a shower of rain, the thin green shoots of grass will sprout. But, one day’s burning sun will make them vanish. It came straight from the deserts. It burst on Palestine like a blast of hot air when opening an oven. In an hour it could wipe out all vegetation.

So also shall the rich man fade in his ways. James writes these descriptive ills to show how a life dependent upon riches can fail. True wisdom is to put trust in things that cannot fail. The rich, to James, should rejoice in this new humility of their “dependence” upon something, God.

Pastor Chance Strickland

Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

http://www.harpethbaptist.org

1 Peter 1:22-25, Love One Another

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As part of the same family, Christians are to love one another. The only folks we really wound, Are those we love the best. We flatter those we scarcely know; We please the fleeting guest, And deal full many a thoughtless blow, To those we love the best.

1 Peter 1:22-25

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Call to Worship for February 17th, 2019

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Our special song this week is His Mercy Is More.

 

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  Psalms 111:1

 Call to Worship is a weekly post to help prepare our hearts for corporate worship in our Sunday morning service. 

 

Ladies Bible Study

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Join us on Wednesday nights at 7pm for a Ladies Bible Study titled “Thriving in Stressful Times”.  We will cover:

  • Stress: Thriving Through Knowledge and Acceptance of Truth;
  • Stress: Thriving Through Recovery, Refocus and Review;
  • Thriving in Stressful Times: A Study of Esther.

This will begin on March 6th and continue for 6 weeks.

Sign-up here (or at the church) if you plan to attend.

 

Harpeth Baptist Church
1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082

615-378-1136

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James 1:9 – The Poor

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Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:

The Poor

James is writing in verse 9 to the poor in the church. His instruction is simply, “Rejoice.” James writes to rejoice—when exalted: This would be referring back to the “divers temptations” and the “trying of your faith”. While “exalted” doesn’t really suit this line of thought, it is believed that James is leaning this way as the context of the passage lends to it. The idea is that for the poor, even a trial gives a sense of worth. The other line of thought would be the literal “exalted”. This would leave the only application as something heavenly or in eternity.

Earthly exaltation would surely lead to pride.

However, while poor, notice James still writes “brother”.  This brings home the sense of True Value this text shows. Christianity brings to the poor a new sense of value. They are lifted out of the value-less-ness in which they live into a new sense of worth and importance.

They learn that they matter in the church. In the early church, there were no class distinctions. It was not uncommon for a church to contain both the master and the servant in the same congregation. Also, it has also been noted that at times, the “Pastor” or the one who would share the letter and conduct the service would be the servant. While the very same servant’s master would be nothing more within the church than a faithful member. In the church the social distinctions that divide the world are unimportant.

No one is more important than any other.

They learn that they matter in the world. We believe that each Christian, no matter who…has a task God wants them to do. As long as God leaves us in the world…we have a purpose. No one is useless; everyone is of use to God. Even someone confined to their home can still send up powerful and useful prayers. They learn that they matter to God. “Call no man worthless for whom Christ died.” Everyone is dear to God.

Pastor Chance Strickland

Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

http://www.harpethbaptist.org

1 Peter 1:13-21, Holiness (part 2)

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Knowledge of our inheritance is an incentive to holiness. Consider your own life: Is holy a word that would be a fitting descriptor?

1 Peter 1:13-21

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Call to Worship for February 10th, 2019

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Our special song this week is Behold Our God.

 

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  Psalms 111:1

 Call to Worship is a weekly post to help prepare our hearts for corporate worship in our Sunday morning service. 

 

James 1:5-8 – What is Wisdom?

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If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

What is Wisdom?

“For James, the Christian teacher/leader with the Jewish background, wisdom is a practical thing. Wisdom is not philosophic speculation and intellectual knowledge.” For James, wisdom is wisdom for life….the Christian life. Some definitions/explanations of wisdom:

  • Knowledge of things human and divine.
  • The supreme and divine quality of the soul whereby man knows and practices righteousness.
  • That endowment of the heart and mind which is needed for the right conduct of life.
  • Knowledge of the deep things of God.
  • The understanding and practical skill that was necessary to live life to God’s glory.
  • Wisdom is practical.  It is such knowledge turned into action in all the decisions and the personal relationships of everyday life.
  • The ability to judge fairly and to understand and make wise use of facts.

As Christians, we view wisdom much like the Hebrews. Wisdom for them was an attribute of God shared with men. In that respect, wisdom is defined in Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; And lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, And he shall direct thy paths. Wisdom is usually best defined in how it is used rather than what it is. This leads to the next question:

What area is there a lack?

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God…” A question to ask in interpreting this verse is, “Is James moving on here to something else, or is he filling in the gaps of what he just wrote? The safe answer is to assume James is writing in a continuance of vv.2-4.  This would also be the specific use of wisdom. The easy/popular/desired answer would be that James is speaking generally:

  • I like to use verse 5 in my daily prayers and ask God for Spiritual Wisdom, Physical Wisdom (health), and Financial Wisdom.
  • This is the general use.
  • While okay, this is not necessarily what James is writing.
  • Why does that matter?  We like to hold God to things sometimes that the Bible doesn’t say or claim to do. The Bible says God would give wisdom liberally. Dear God, give me the wisdom of the secrets of the universe…

How should we ask?

We should ask without a doubt. Ask in faith. Nothing Wavering. If asking with doubts, don’t expect anything from God. One asking with doubts is double minded. Dipsuchos means “a man with two souls, two minds, inside him.” One mind believes the other doubts. Almost as if there is an internal civil war of trust vs. distrust.

Pastor Chance Strickland

Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

http://www.harpethbaptist.org

1 Peter 1:13-21, Holiness (part 1)

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Knowledge of our inheritance is an incentive to holiness. Are you preparing your mind? Are you living unto holiness? Have you put on Christ’s righteousness?

1 Peter 1:13-21

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Call to Worship for February 3rd, 2019

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Our special song this week is Behold Our God.

 

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  Psalms 111:1

 Call to Worship is a weekly post to help prepare our hearts for corporate worship in our Sunday morning service. 

 

James 1:3-4 – Completely Rewarded

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Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Completely Rewarded


James continues from “Count it all joy” with “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.” Brethren, you can be joyous going into a trial when you know this beforehand… “Trying of your faith..” – dokimion. This is the same word for sterling coinage. Sterling coinage = genuine money and unalloyed. This trying of our faith is to: 

  • Purge us of all impurity
  • Burn out the dross of cursed human character
  • Leave us cleansed and purified.
  • Give unswerving constancy

This “trying” worketh “patience” – hupomone. Patience is our word here, and trials definitely do work our patience and eventually increase it. But “trying” truly does more. Hupomone is not simply patience or the ability to bear things. It is the ability to turn them into greatness and glory. If my entire life I thought all I could do is bear, I would be a pretty depressed Christian. Sure we have to bear some things, but we are not told to face these times depressed.

We are told to face them in joy!  How?

By foreseeing that these times will become something of glory for God. During the times of the martyrs, one thing always bothered the heathen who did not understand their faith. They didn’t die crying, they died singing! On one occasion, a martyr was smiling while burning in the flames.  When asked what he had to smile about he said, “I saw the glory of God, and was glad!”

Count it all joy…knowing this!

In the end, the Complete Reward is this:
It makes us perfect: Finished toward a given end for a given purpose. When patience has had its perfect work, we are ready for whatever God desired to use us for before the trial. As you enter each trial, know that how you handle it is either, fitting or unfitting for the work God has planned.

It makes us entire: Entire or Complete, finished. The word James uses here is the same use of sacrificial animals once inspected and prepared and ready to enter the ceremony. Also, in the same connotation, the priest after being cleansed and dressed is “entire”. The two have no blemish and anything that would cause God to turn away the offering. The trying of our faith, once complete, leaves us without the weaknesses and imperfections of our character God couldn’t use. It enables us to conquer old sins. To gain new virtues.

It leaves us wanting nothing: Deficient in nothing. Living day by day victoriously. Completely rewarded after facing a trial with Joy.

Pastor Chance Strickland

Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

http://www.harpethbaptist.org

1 Peter 1:10-12, God’s Great Plan

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Redemptive prophecy revealed intrigues even the angels. Receive God’s Salvation. Show Gratitude. Be a Student.

1 Peter 1:10-12

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Call to Worship for January 27th, 2019

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Our special song this week is Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery.

 

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  Psalms 111:1

 Call to Worship is a weekly post to help prepare our hearts for corporate worship in our Sunday morning service. 

 

James 1:2 – Joyously Tested

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My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

Joyously Tested 

James never suggested that Christianity would be an easy feat. He writes and warns them that they would fall into “divers temptations”. Diver’s Temptations – peirasmos. Not temptation in our English sense of the word. Rather a trial or testing directed towards an end. The end being that the one tested emerges stronger. Coaches test players in practice which allows performance in games. The point or process of “divers temptations” would be to strengthen and purify and prove the Christian. The queen of Sheba came to test (peirazein / peirasmos) the wisdom of Solomon. God tested Abraham when demanding Isaac as sacrifice. God gave Israel their land, but left the inhabitants there for them to drive out…to be tested. James writes to those who have been persecuted and forced, by God, from their natural homelands and gives them the proper attitude while in such times.

Count it all joy!

Know in advance that these times will come and expect them. Having expected them, grin your way right through them. There will be the test of:

  • Sorrows & Disappointments seeking to dwindle faith.
  • Seductions seeking to lure us from right.
  • Danger, Sacrifice, the Unpopular.

These are not sent to make us fall, but to make us soar. These are not sent to defeat us, but for us to defeat them. They are not to make us weaker, rather stronger. Seeing the end result, we are to get excited when the trial comes. Knowing it was sent to help, not hurt.

Pastor Chance Strickland

Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

http://www.harpethbaptist.org

1 Peter 1:6-9, Unspeakable Joy in Suffering

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Believers have joy through suffering, it is the pathway to Godliness. Let’s consider: Seasons of Distress, Trial by Fire, and the End of Faith.

1 Peter 1:6-9

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8:30 AM Service Cancelled

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The 8:30 am service for Sunday, January 20, 2019 has been cancelled. We will still have our previously scheduled events for this day:

  • Fellowship Breakfast at 9:30 am
  • Board of Stewards meeting at 9:30 am
  • Sunday School at 10:00 am
  • Morning Worship 11:00 am
  • Building Committee Meeting at 5:00 pm
  • Business Meeting / Evening Worship at 6:00 pm

Harpeth Baptist Church
1011 Butterworth Road
Kingston Springs, TN 37082

615-378-1136

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Call to Worship for January 20th, 2019

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Our special song this week is He Will Hold Me Fast.

 

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  Psalms 111:1

 Call to Worship is a weekly post to help prepare our hearts for corporate worship in our Sunday morning service. 

 

James 1:1 – Obedience, Loyalty, Humility

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James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

Obedience

To call yourself another’s servant shows obedience. A servant knows no law better than the word of his master. As a saved child of God, we know no law better than the WORD of God, nor should we desire any. A servant has no rights of his own. When we accepted salvation, Jesus became Lord. We have no rights…I don’t want any! A servant is bound to unquestioning obedience to his master. We aren’t to question God’s will. We aren’t to question God’s Word.

Humility

To call yourself another’s servant shows humility. James writing here is thinking of his duty, not privilege. Of his obligations, not his rights. James, in humility has lost himself in the service of God. James, has denied self and said NO…to be able to forevermore say YES to God.

We too, as servants, should walk in such humility.

Loyalty

To call yourself another’s servant shows loyalty. In loyalty to God, James takes no interest in his own. James, the servant, is totally pledged to God. What he does, he does for God.

We too, as servants, should be as loyal.

Pride

To call yourself another’s servant shows a certain pride. It is one thing to be a forced servant, but to serve by choice means you take pride in the person, passion, and product you serve.

James took great pride in being able to be considered a servant of God.

Conclusion

The only greatness to which the Christian can ever aspire is the greatness of being the servant of God. What are you aspiring to? Obedience, Loyalty, Humility? Are you striving to be Servant…or something more? If you life was surveyed could you be considered servant?

Pastor Chance Strickland

Harpeth Baptist Church
Kingston Springs, TN

http://www.harpethbaptist.org

1 Peter 1:1-5, Our Hope for Inheritance

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God is to be worshipped for the salvation He has given us! We have become a particular people. We have been given high privilege. We are being kept positionally.

1 Peter 1:1-5

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Call to Worship for January 13th, 2019

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Our special song this week is The Lord Is My Salvation.

 

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  Psalms 111:1

 Call to Worship is a weekly post to help prepare our hearts for corporate worship in our Sunday morning service. 

 

Matthew 26:17-30, The Upper Room

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The complexities in the details of Jesus’ last night teach us that God has a plan. His dealings with Judas, the betrayer, show us patience, meekness, and kindness. Through the last supper we come to know the great truths of: Vicarious Atonement, A New Covenant, Remission, & Eternal Security.

Matthew 26:17-30

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Call to Worship for January 6th, 2019

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Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  Psalms 111:1

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2 Corinthians 5:17, All Things New

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Anyone who is in Christ has been transformed!  We are part of a new creation. The old way has passed and all has become new…

2 Corinthians 5:17

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Call to Worship for December 30th, 2018

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Our special music this Sunday is Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery.

 

Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation.  Psalms 111:1

 Call to Worship is a weekly post to help prepare our hearts for corporate worship in our Sunday morning service. 

 

John 3:14-21, God’s Gift to the World

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Christmas is God’s Gift! We were in darkness, God gave His Son, Light has come. The greatest gift you will ever receive is the true gift of Christmas — to be born again. This is the very thing that makes Christmas merry.

John 3:14-21

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