Jul 24, 2017
Faith Works: Life Savers
Series: Faith Works
The last two verses of James are a fitting closing because they express what James has been teaching throughout his letter. There will be people who outwardly name the name of Jesus, but inwardly have no faith. They may do wonderful things in His name, but they don't really know him. They have the appearance of godliness, but there has been no inner transformation. They are hearers of the Word, but not doers. James wants to be sure no one is deceiving themselves concerning their salvation.
 
In this final message from the Faith Works series, Pastor Mike unpacks James 5:19-20. He shows us characteristics of a false faith, the reality of the situation, the identity of the life savers, and the ultimate goal.
 
This message was presented at FBCVA on July 23, 2017.
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  • Jul 24, 2017Faith Works: Life Savers
    Jul 24, 2017
    Faith Works: Life Savers
    Series: Faith Works
    The last two verses of James are a fitting closing because they express what James has been teaching throughout his letter. There will be people who outwardly name the name of Jesus, but inwardly have no faith. They may do wonderful things in His name, but they don't really know him. They have the appearance of godliness, but there has been no inner transformation. They are hearers of the Word, but not doers. James wants to be sure no one is deceiving themselves concerning their salvation.
     
    In this final message from the Faith Works series, Pastor Mike unpacks James 5:19-20. He shows us characteristics of a false faith, the reality of the situation, the identity of the life savers, and the ultimate goal.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on July 23, 2017.
  • Jul 17, 2017Faith Works: Suffering? Pray!
    Jul 17, 2017
    Faith Works: Suffering? Pray!
    Series: Faith Works
    James 5:13-18 has been used a a proof passage for faith healing as well as a belief that sickness is caused by sin. But as Pastor Mike points out in this message from the Faith Works series, this passage is more about prayer than healing. That isn't to say that God doesn't miraculously heal people as a result of prayer. But in this passage we see church leaders, individuals, and the congregation all encouraged to pray. There are four words that describe the result of prayer: Comfort, Restoration, Fellowship, and Power.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on July 16, 2017.
  • Jul 10, 2017Faith Works: Doing Right When You’ve Been Done Wrong
    Jul 10, 2017
    Faith Works: Doing Right When You’ve Been Done Wrong
    Series: Faith Works
    When was the last time that you were mistreated? Maybe it came in the form of a promise that was not kept. Maybe you were promised something that you didn't get. Maybe it came in the form of someone who treated you badly in some way. Maybe you were taken advantage of. All of us at one time or another or in some way or another have felt mistreated.
     
    The believers that are being addressed in James 5:7-12 may have felt this way.  They were being taken advantage of in the workplace. They were being persecuted in the world. As Pastor Mike unpacks this passage, we learn that when we feel mistreated we should look upward and be calm, look inward and be clean, and look backward and be challenged.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on July 9, 2017.
  • Jul 3, 2017Faith Works: Money Talks
    Jul 3, 2017
    Faith Works: Money Talks
    Series: Faith Works
    Our view of money and material possessions changes as we mature. We begin to understand the value of things. Many even believe that their success is determined by the quantity and quality of their wealth and possessions. James 5:1-6 addresses those who put their trust in their possessions. In this passage, their misery is revealed and their motives are rebuked. You may not have the wealth of the truly wealthy, but you can still have the attitude. Genuine faith is demonstrated by how we value our wealth and possessions.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on July 2, 2017.
  • Jun 26, 2017Faith Works: The Perils of Playing God
    Jun 26, 2017
    Faith Works: The Perils of Playing God
    Series: Faith Works
    According to James 4:13-17, we must be careful when making plans for the future. The Bible tells us that there is wisdom in planning.  But James makes it very clear that it is easy to factor God out of the everyday decisions of our lives. We want to involve God in the big decisions. We want to call on Him when we are in trouble, but we don't give Him any thought until we need Him. We treat Him like a genie in a bottle. Sometimes we even think we can advise God on what His plans for our lives should be.
     
    Any plans we make need to take three things into account: 
    1. We have no idea what the future will bring.
    2. We have no assurance of a long life.
    3. We have no right to ignore God's will for our lives.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on June 25, 2017.
     
  • Jun 19, 2017Faith Works: Wisdom and Friendship
    Jun 19, 2017
    Faith Works: Wisdom and Friendship
    Series: Faith Works
    James is intensely practical in his writing. James cuts to the chase and separates those who are merely "professors" of the faith and those who are "possessors" of faith. It's not enough to say you have faith if that faith isn't authenticated in how you live your life. A genuine saving faith is revealed in our works, in our words, and in our wisdom. In James 3:13-4:12, James contrasts two ways of living - one based on the wisdom of the world, and one based on the wisdom of God.
     
    In this message, Pastor Mike looks at two kinds of wisdom, two kinds of friendship, and two kinds of speech.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on June 18, 2017.
  • May 31, 2017Faith Works: Pride and Prejudice
    May 31, 2017
    Faith Works: Pride and Prejudice
    Series: Faith Works
    Most of us would say that we are prejudiced toward anyone. But the truth is that we all struggle with the tendency to show partiality. It is part of our nature to look more favorably toward some people that others. The early church struggled with this, as evidenced by James' instruction in James 2:1-13. And if we are honest many churches today still experience this problem. We act more favorably toward those who look and act a certain way. It is important to remember, however, that how we treat others reveals how we think about God. God does not define us by our income, appearance, or skin color. That's why in this passage prejudice is denounced, and impartiality is commanded.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on May 28, 2017 by Pastor Mike Lovely.
  • May 22, 2017Faith Works: Welcoming the Word
    May 22, 2017
    Faith Works: Welcoming the Word
    Series: Faith Works
    The first two messages in the sermon series Faith Works focused on weathering the storm of trials and standing strong when facing temptation. But believers cannot do those things effectively without relying on God's Word. Just as the body needs food to live, our souls need God's Word for nourishment. A person may be able to survive for a short time without food, but the body will grow steadily weaker. In order for faith to work in our lives, we must receive the Word, remove the junk, and respond to the Word.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on May 21, 2017.
  • May 18, 2017Faith Works:Tough in Temptation
    May 18, 2017
    Faith Works:Tough in Temptation
    Series: Faith Works
    Faith Works - Faith acts and is effective. The book of James has been described as Christianity in shoe leather. It contains many practical and direct statements about living the Christian life. Due to persecution, the Christians in Jerusalem had scattered across the known world. This letter is written to those early Jewish believers. It is also written to us, since we are strangers and aliens in this world.
     
    In this second message from the Faith Works series, Pastor Mike unpacks James 1:12-18 to see how we can be tough when tempted. Trials and testing lead us upward as we are drawn closer to God. Temptation, on the other hand, leads us downward and tries to draw us away from God. When we are tempted, we need to remember the origin of temptation, the order of temptation, and the overcoming of temptation.
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on May 14, 2017.
  • May 9, 2017Faith Works: Stability in the Storm
    May 9, 2017
    Faith Works: Stability in the Storm
    Series: Faith Works

    The book of James is a study in the fact that faith works. This has a two-fold meaning: faith acts and faith is effective. Genuine faith results in good works, and genuine faith gives us stability in times of trouble. This letter has been called the Proverbs of the New Testament. More than half of the statements in the letter are imperative statements - commands. Also, James references no less than 20 Old Testament books, and 16 times he references the Sermon on the Mount.

    In this first message from the Faith Works 

    series, Pastor Mike unpacks James 1:1-12 to show 4 actions we can take when faced with testing and trials: 
    1. Rejoice! Have a Joyful Attitude
    2. Realize! Pray for an Understanding Mind
    3. Remain! Develop a Submissive Will
    4. Receive! Maintain a Believing Heart
     
    This message was presented at FBCVA on May 7, 2017.