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Scripture

Sermons on James

7 Oct 2012
Teaching sermon by Dr Peter Masters

From the Pastor of the church at Jerusalem came the first of all NT epistles, and its first theme is troubles. The inspired writer does not primarily dispense comfort, but calls us to understand the purposes and respond well, telling us how to handle tests of faith.

14 Oct 2012
Teaching sermon by Dr Peter Masters

How to handle poverty or wealth, and temptations to sin that come from within ourselves. The source is inner corruption, and here are the precautions and remedies for halting their development, especially vital when the world presses us as never before.

1 Dec 2013
Gospel sermon by Dr Peter Masters

All people have their distinctive aptitudes as gifts, but no one is entire or complete, for vital faculties are missing until God works in our lives. Every 'good' and 'perfect' gift, says the Bible, comes from above. Here are the missing gifts, which God gives to those who seek Him.

21 Oct 2012
Teaching sermon by Dr Peter Masters

The Western surge in the promotion of Calvinism in churches is not always accompanied by reform of conduct, or separation from the world. A great gulf is seen between belief and practice. James deals with this very situation, and with how we must all face our inconsistent ways.

28 Oct 2012
Teaching sermon by Dr Peter Masters

Intermingled with uplifting terms about Christ and the rewards of faith, James shows the sinfulness of discrimination, whether partiality or preference shown through wealth, class, ethnicity or similar distinction. All need salvation by faith alone. Here also the 'royal law' of 'liberty' is defined.

4 Nov 2012
Teaching sermon by Dr Peter Masters

This passage seems to teach justification by works as well as faith. But James insists that true saving faith is evidenced in a new life of obedience and sacrifice. We should seek nothing less in days when worldly evangelicalism and a new form of Calvinism have united with the world.

11 Nov 2012
Teaching sermon by Dr Peter Masters

This famous passage on the frightening potential of the tongue also gives us a powerful instrument in the pursuit of holiness. Don't you know, James seems to say, that by control of the tongue (with God's help) you can control all your faculties and passions. Here is how.

18 Nov 2012
Teaching sermon by Dr Peter Masters

James chooses a word for 'knowledge' used only once in the New Testament. It speaks of specialised knowledge - like military intelligence - of Satan's wiles and how to defeat him. Do we have it? Here is the all-enabling, non-self-seeking wisdom that is from above.

Worldliness James 4.1
25 Nov 2012
Teaching sermon by Dr Peter Masters

James employs the imagery of two natures in the believer in showing how not to yield to worldly desires, but to resist the devil. Here praying 'amiss' is defined, and prayer priorities listed. Here also - how the Spirit gives far superior favours than those of the world.

25 Aug 2013
Gospel sermon by Dr Peter Masters

To know Christ we must first submit to Him, but who will? It offends our pride. But in rejecting God we unwittingly submit ourselves to a host of other influences and forces. How much better and greater is the love and power of the Saviour of souls.