Week 4 of 5; Ryan Hayes. In the fourth chapter of his letter, James addresses jealousy, pride, judgment, and boasting—and he warns us of the damaging effects of these poisons. He tells us that we need a humble heart and urges us to focus on responding to God by trusting him with what he’s doing in our own lives, one day at a time. Ryan challenged the group to talk about how selfish sins impact their relationship with God and others, and consider a practical plan on how to avoid them.
Week 3 of 5; Jennifer Burris continues the series on James. Words hold power. People sometimes throw around nicknames, insults, and phrases carelessly, not thinking about the negative impact. James reminds Christians to consider the weight of what they say, realizing that there is great power in our words. Jennifer challenged the teens to discover that their words bring either honor or dishonor, their words produce uncontrollable results, and wisdom can help them control their words.
Week 2 of 5; Katy McGrath continues our series on James by looking at chapter two. God wants everyone to believe in Him; He is looking for a real faith, something beyond, “I believe God exists.” Katy shows us in James 2 the depth of our faith is shown by actions and choices—how we respond to faith.
Week 1 of 5; Tracy Hayes kicks off our series on James. In his letter, James quickly begins with a teaching that’s counterintuitive: In the midst of trials, find joy. He encourages his readers to persevere because it helps produce spiritual maturity. In this message, Tracy shows how James offers wisdom and guidance about conquering trials and temptations, and we’ll discover how he challenges and reminds Christians to live out what they believe.