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James is one of the most practical books in the Bible, tackling real life issues and struggles that all of us face: temptation, self-control, work, anger, poverty, favoritism and more...

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Sermons

  • Pain

    James 1:1-8
    September 8, 2013
    "Find your trial and there you'll find God." Pastor Darrin intros our study of James, explaining that God meets us in the midst of pain to bring us closer to him.
    September 8, 2013

  • Simplicity

    James 1: 13-18
    Hanley Road -  September 15, 2013
    Hanley Road Lead Pastor Jeremy Irwin continues The Walk sermon series preaching from James 1:9-12.
    September 15, 2013

  • Simplicity

    James 1:9-12
    September 15, 2013
    Pastor Jeremy Bedenbaugh cautions against the inclination to put our hope in wealth and comfort, encouraging us fix our affections on Jesus and the work he's called us to.
    September 15, 2013

  • Simplicity

    James 1:9-12
    Metro East -  September 15, 2013
    Metro East Lead Pastor Curtis Gilbert continues The Walk sermon series preaching from James 1:9-12.
    September 15, 2013

  • Simplicity

    James 1:9-12
    South County -  September 15, 2013
    South County Lead Pastor Tim Ezell continues The Walk sermon series preaching from James 1:9-12.
    September 15, 2013

  • Simplicity

    James 1:9-12
    West County -  September 15, 2013
    West County Lead Pastor Scott Hickox continues The Walk sermon series preaching from James 1:9-12.
    September 15, 2013

  • Temptation

    James 1: 13-18
    September 22, 2013
    Pastor Darrin takes an in-depth look at sin, temptation, and trials: from James 1:13-18.
    September 22, 2013

  • Anger

    James 1:19-21
    September 29, 2013
    Darrin Patrick contrasts the many different manifestations and expressions of anger we experience, showing us how we can truly overcome bitterness.
    September 29, 2013

  • Anger

    James 1:19-21
    Metro East -  September 29, 2013
    Metro East Lead Pastor Curtis Gilbert continues The Walk sermon series, preaching from James 1:19-21.
    September 29, 2013

  • Reflection

    James 1:21-25
    October 6, 2013
    Darrin Patrick explains what it really means to be a doer of the word — setting aside pride and humbly meditating on Biblical truths until they begin to transform us.
    October 6, 2013

  • Rejection

    James 1:27-2:13
    Hanley Road -  October 13, 2013
    Hanley Road Lead Pastor Jeremy Irwin continues The Walk sermon series, preaching from James 1:27-13.
    October 13, 2013

  • Rejection

    James 1:27-2:13
    October 13, 2013
    "When we realize that we're rescued people, we can accept others in their brokenness." Pastor Tim Ezell expounds on God's impartiality and ability to rescue, encouraging us to reflect His character by meeting the needs of hurting people around us.
    October 13, 2013

  • Rejection

    James 1:27-2:13
    West County -  October 13, 2013
    West County Lead Pastor Scott Hickox continues The Walk sermon series, preaching from James 1:27-2:13.
    October 13, 2013

  • Action

    James 2:14-26
    October 20, 2013
    "We are saved by faith alone, but not by faith that remains alone." Pastor Darrin helps clarify the tension between faith and works.
    October 20, 2013

  • Action

    James 2:14-26
    Tower Grove -  October 20, 2013
    Tower Grove Lead Pastor Jeremy Bedenbaugh continues The Walk sermon series, preaching from James 2:14-26.
    October 20, 2013

  • Words

    James 3:1-12
    October 27, 2013
    "A controlled tongue equals a surrendered heart." Pastor Darrin teaches on the power our words possess, how they're a reflection of what's in our hearts, and how we can experience real heart change.
    October 27, 2013

  • Wisdom

    James 3:13-18
    Hanley Road -  November 3, 2013
    Pastor Jeremy Irwin continues The Walk series, preaching from James 3:13-18.
    November 3, 2013

  • Wisdom

    James 3:13-18
    November 3, 2013
    "Wisdom should characterize your life if you're a follower of Jesus." Jeremy Bedenbaugh unpacks why we should want wisdom, what it really is, and how we can actually acquire it.
    November 3, 2013

  • Wisdom

    James 3:13-18
    West County -  November 3, 2013
    West County Lead Pastor Scott Hickox continues The Walk sermon series, preaching from James 3:13-18.
    November 3, 2013

  • Wisdom

    James 3:13-18
    South County -  November 3, 2013
    South County Lead Pastor Tim Ezell continues The Walk sermon series, preaching from James 3:13-18.
    November 3, 2013

  • Worldliness

    James 4:1-6
    November 10, 2013
    "We serve a personal, passionate, jealous God." Pastor Darrin examines our common misconceptions about "worldliness"—which is really all about marginalizing God—while showing what can happen we actually give all of ourselves to Him.
    November 10, 2013

  • Repentance

    James 4:7-12
    November 17, 2013
    Repentance- When we agree with God about our sin, grieve it, decide to leave it, and flee to Christ to cleanse it. Pastor Darrin clarifies what true repentance is, explaining that it's not about our will power but about humbly submitting to the Spirit—not with ulterior motives, but with the sincere desire to know God more.
    November 17, 2013

  • Repentance

    James 4:7-12
    November 17, 2013
    Hanley Road Lead Pastor Jeremy Irwin continues The Walk sermon series, preaching from James 4:7-12.
    November 17, 2013

  • Dependence

    James 4:13-17
    November 24, 2013
    "Are you willing to let God interrupt your plans?" Pastor Jeremy Bedenbaugh explains how truly dependent we are on God and his grace.
    November 24, 2013

  • Justice

    James 5:1-12
    December 1, 2013
    Pastor Curtis Gilbert examines how we should respond to injustice as Christians—valuing what God values, fighting urgently on behalf of the vulnerable, and repenting of materialism and indifference.
    December 1, 2013

  • Justice

    James 5:1-12
    West County -  December 1, 2013
    Pastor Scott Hickox continues The Walk sermon series, preaching from James 5:1-12.
    December 1, 2013

  • Integrity

    James 5:13-20
    December 8, 2013
    Darrin Patrick concludes our study of James, reminding us what it means to be the church. He discusses how we can find wholeness in our spiritual, emotional, and physical lives—growing in our relationships with God and in our relationships within the church.
    December 8, 2013

More About this Series

Overview

James is one of the most practical books in the Bible, tackling real life issues and struggles that all of us face: temptation, self-control, work, anger, poverty, favoritism and more. The book challenges our consumeristic and complacent nature as Americans and should lead us to action that's directed by our faith.

Historicity

James was the leader of the church in Jerusalem that had to deal with the tension of being the “mother church” of the movement, having the mission to convert Jews while supporting the Pauline ministry to the Gentiles and managing Jewish nationalist tendencies.

“Because most Christians are Gentiles today, we tend to read their accounts and assume that Paul was the one sacrificing for the good of the whole. He definitely was, and much can be learned from that. But we should also realize that James was paying a high price for defending the Gospel, Paul, and the Gentile mission. James and the Jerusalem church had to live in Jerusalem after Paul moved on to the next city.” Chris Morgan

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