This Sunday morning, we’ll be continuing our sermon series in the book of James. This week, we’ll be in James 1:19-2:13, considering the manner in which true faith is demonstrated. Below is the sermon outline and our order of service. We’ve included the texts for specific stanzas or scripture references below that we believe will prove especially edifying for you. Use it as a guide to prepare yourself to sing, pray, and hear God’s Word in our gathering.
Title: “True Faith is Demonstrated”
Text: James 1:19-2:13
Big Idea: True faith not only receives God’s Word, but also obeys God’s Word in love.
I. WE ARE TO RECEIVE GOD’S WORD BY FAITH (James 1:19-21)
II. WE KNOW WE’VE RECEIVED GOD’S WORD WHEN WE OBEY GOD’S WORD (James 1:22-27)
III. WE OBEY GOD’S WORD BY LOVING OTHERS (James 2:1-12)
Call to Worship: Psalm 11
Hymn #1: “O Worship the King”
Hymn #2: “This is My Father’s World”
…”This is my Father’s world:
O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world:
Why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King: let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let earth be glad!”
Prayer of Praise
Old Testament Reading: Lamentations 3:16-18, 19-24
He has made my teeth grind on gravel,
and made me cover in ashes;
my soul is bereft of peace;
I have forgotten what happiness is;
so I say, “My endurance has perished;
so has my hope from the Lord.
…But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases
His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning:
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I will hope in Him.”
Hymn #3: “Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul”
Hymn #4: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
Prayer of Confession (Confessing our sins against God)
Assurance of Pardon: Psalm 32:1-5
Hymn #5: “In Christ Alone”
Hymn #6: “Jesus Lord, We Look to Thee”
Jesus, Lord, we look to thee,
let us in thy name agree:
show thyself the Prince of peace;
bid all strife for ever cease.
Make us of one heart and mind,
courteous, pitiful, and kind,
lowly, meek in thought and word,
altogether like our Lord.
Let us for each other care,
each the other’s burden bear;
to thy church the pattern give,
show how true believers live.
Free from anger and from pride,
let us thus in God abide;
all the depths of love express,
all the heights of holiness.
Scripture Reading: James 1:19-2:13
Pastoral Prayer (Prayer of Petition)
Sermon: James 1:19-2:13: “True Faith is Demonstrated”
Hymn #6: “Jesus, Lord, We Look to Thee”