We begin a series in the letter of James, following on from the emphasis on spiritual warfare of the recent weeks’ sermons in Psalms. We spend some time considering the central themes of the book, who the author is and the circumstances in which he lived so that we may have greater insights into its contents.

We then turn to the subject of the trials that we face as believers in Christ. We see:

  • That we should rejoice in them, not grieve over them
  • We should rejoice because the trials will bring endurance
  • We should rejoice because the endurance will help to mature us

We are exhorted not to regard our trials as bad things but as something sent by the Lord for our good, which in the words of James we should consider ‘pure joy’.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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