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Steadfast Through the Storm

March 15, 2020 Pastor: Jared Burke Series: Online Services

Topic: Obedience, Trust, Trials Passage: James 1:12–1:18

Of course we all wish that we could be with you this Sunday, but we sincerely hope and pray that you will be blessed by this collection of worship songs led by Corey and Valeri Liebig as well as Pastor Jared's timely message from James 1:12-18.

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Then spend time with family and friends discussing the sermon with the questions provided below. Most of all, pray for our people, our community, and our world!

And may the Spirit of God empower you to be steadfast through the storm, bringing glory to God and good to His people as you SHARE the hope, TEACH the truth, and SERVE the King!

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Discussion Questions:

What are some trials that you have faced? What temptations (if any) arose within you? What did remaining steadfast look like for you?

“It’s better to trust and obey God through difficulty because of the life He offers.” Describe the life that you have been offered in Christ? How does it contrast with life apart from Christ?

What is the difference between testing on the outside and temptation on the inside? Can difficult circumstances ever justify giving in to temptation? Explain.

What are some healthy/God-given desires that people have? How can these desires go wrong?

Does giving in to temptation always result in death? How so? What about those who place their trust in Christ?

What are the four stages of temptation? How might being aware of them, help you resist temptation?

What lures do you find most appealing?  How can you protect yourself against them?

The great English Puritan theologian John Owen wrote, “When someone sets his affections upon the cross and the love of Christ, he crucifies the world as a dead and undesirable thing. The baits of sin lose their attraction and disappear. Fill your affections with the cross of Christ and you will find no room for sin.” In what way does growing in your affections and admiration of Christ aid in the fight against temptation? How can you come to value Christ more?

Spend some time making a list of how God has been good to you. How can you intentionally remind yourself of these things each day?

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