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Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames 1:1-4July 19, 2015Download PDF “At the heart of why people disbelieve and believe in God, of why people decline and grow in character, of how God becomes less real and more real to us – is suffering” (Tim Keller, Walking with God through Pain and Suffering, 6) You may not have given this much thought, but in two years (2017) the world will celebrate (although some will bemoan!) the 500th anniversary of the start of the...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames 1:5-8July 26, 2015Download PDF Last week in our inaugural study in the book of James I briefly suggested that the primary theme of this epistle is that Christianity is not just a body of doctrines to believe but also a life to be pursued in the power of a living faith. In other words, James, perhaps more so than any other NT book, calls on us to put into practice on a daily basis what we profess to believe. In fact, James will go so far a...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #3August 2, 2015Download PDF My dad was a banker for most of his professional working life. He was also a remarkable judge of character. I think this came from at least two sources. One was certainly the Holy Spirit. In other words, I think God uniquely gifted my dad with powers of discernment. He could see through the false fronts that people put up and was remarkably accurate when it came to looking beyond and behind actions to the moti...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #4August 9, 2015Download PDF It’s a refrain we’ve all heard countless times.  “Officer, it wasn’t my fault. That idiot behind me was following too closely and if I hadn’t broken the speed limit he would probably have hit me from behind.”  “Well, if I wasn’t supposed to fornicate, why did God give me sexual urges?”  “Honey, I’m telling you that I would ne...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #5August 23, 2015Download PDF Now here’s a question for you, and yes it does have a purpose and it does have a direct relation to our passage this morning. What issue or doctrine or perspective on Christianity is the most divisive in the church today? Could it be the charismatic question? Is it the debate between continuationists, who believe all spiritual gifts are valid today, and cessationists, who argue that the so-called mirac...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #6August 30, 2015Download PDF My guess is that the majority of people here today have at one time or another throughout their educational experience audited a class or course, whether in high school or more likely in college. I certainly have. I loved the courses I audited. After I had graduated from Dallas Seminary in 1977 I returned a couple of years later and audited beginning Hebrew which was being taught by my good friend Jack Deere....Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #7September 6, 2015Download PDF Let me come straight to the point. Our world, and sadly that often times includes the professing Christian church, is, contrary to James’ counsel, slow to hear, quick to speak, and has a hair trigger when it comes to anger. You can almost hear people justifying each of these:  “Why should I be quick to hear? I don’t know anyone who has anything of value to say. And if they do have so...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #8September 13, 2015Download PDF All of us know that some sins are more conspicuous and overt than others. Public drunkenness, for example, or profane speech are readily identifiable. It’s obvious to even the casual observer if someone is intoxicated. The same is true of obscene or profane speech. If you have eyes and ears you can know instantly whether such sins are being committed. Other sins, however, are more covert and secret....Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #9October 4, 2015Download PDF There simply is no more eternally important question that any man or woman can ask and then answer than this: “How might I, a hell-deserving sinner, be reconciled to God and made acceptable in his sight?” Or we might pose the question in yet another way: “How might I, a man/woman who is undeniably unrighteous and thus deserving of eternal judgment, be made righteous in the sight of God?&rdqu...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #10October 11, 2015Download PDF I’m sorry for having to begin on something of a downer, but I want to draw your attention today to the many ways that human beings have distorted some of the most precious of God’s gifts to us. Take, for example, our minds. God has given us brains and minds that we might understand him and grasp his truth and delight in his greatness. And what have we done with this glorious gift? Paul says in ...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #11October 25, 2015Download PDF I think all of you are familiar with the oft-heard statement that Christians are people who are “in” the world but not “of” the world. There isn’t a specific biblical text that says it in precisely those terms, but James 4:4 does describe followers of Jesus as people who should avoid developing a “friendship with the world.” In fact, James says that to be a “f...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #12November 1, 2015Download PDF I don’t like oversimplification. I don’t typically give much credence to those who try to reduce complex problems to a single cause. But I’m going to make an exception to that this morning. And I’m making an exception because James does. Or I should say, God does through the writing of James.  Now, before I explain more what I mean, let’s be honest and acknowledge that si...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #13November 8, 2015Download PDF There is a radio commercial that I hear several times a week here in OKC. If you don’t listen regularly to sports talk radio you probably aren’t aware of it. Quite honestly, I can’t even tell you what product or service is being promoted, but I do vividly remember the opening comments that are designed to grab the listener’s attention. The spokesman says something along the lines of:...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #14November 15, 2015Download PDF Perhaps the greatest sound and light show in the history of God’s people took place in conjunction with the giving of the Ten Commandments. We are told in Exodus 20:18ff. that after God had spoken what are known as the Ten Words that “all the people saw the thunder and the flashes of lightning and the sound of the trumpet and the mountain smoking” (Exod. 20:18a). Their response was anythi...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #15December 6, 2015Download PDF Is it possible for a Christian to live like an atheist? I don’t mean “live like an atheist” in the sense that one actually denies the existence of God or commits sin repeatedly and feels no conviction or experiences no repentance. That person would have no basis for claiming to be a Christian in the first place. What I have in mind is a person who is born again going about his or her busin...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #16January 3, 2016Download PDF I’d like to see a show of hands. How many of you here today are by nature patient? Is there anyone who finds patience as natural as breathing? Anyone? Anyone? I’m looking for that man or woman, young or old, who instinctively responds to irritating people and aggravating circumstances with a calm and controlled spirit. Anyone? Anyone? Hmmm. I didn’t think so. Well, that sort of ruins thing...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #17January 10, 2016Download PDF Truth, or integrity in our speech, that sense of moral obligation to God according to which we represent things as they really are, both in word and deed, has gradually eroded in many segments of our society. This shouldn’t come as a total surprise insofar as the first sin in the Garden of Eden was an attack upon the veracity or truthfulness of what God himself had said. Recall the statement: “i...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames # 18January 10, 2016Download PDF So, let’s be honest with each other this morning about why we don’t pray as much as we know we should. When I talk with Christians of all ages and both genders, I hear comments like these: “Come on, Sam, we live in a digital world where religious rituals from medieval times, like prayer, simply don’t fit in. Enlightened and educated people might grudgingly concede that there is a s...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #19January 24, 2016Download PDF Many of you are new to Bridgeway and may not as yet fully understand what we mean when we say we are a church committed to both the Word of God and the Spirit of God. Or, upon hearing that, you may respond by saying: “Big deal. All churches believe in the importance of the Bible, and all churches believe in the existence of the Holy Spirit.” That may be true, but that’s not what we mean he...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames #20January 31, 2016Download PDF The responses I hear when I ask someone to pray for the sick that they might be healed are varied: “But I’m not an Elder. And James says the sick should call for the Elders to have them pray.” “But I’m not a Pastor. I’m not on staff at our church. Isn’t it the responsibility of pastors to pray for the sick? Isn’t that what we pay you guys to do?” &ldq...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames # 21February 7, 2016Download PDF In July of last year, when we began this series of studies in the epistle of James, I pointed out in the first message that most scholars agree that the “James” who wrote this letter was in fact the half-brother of Jesus (see Mark 6:3-6). That is to say, he was the natural born son of Joseph and Mary. Like his other siblings, he was initially opposed to the ministry of Jesus, but after the resu...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchJames # 22March 13, 2016Download PDF If every Christian isn’t familiar with 2 Timothy 3:16-17, every Christian should be. There the Apostle Paul made what most believe is the most important statement in the Bible about the Bible. He said: “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work...Read More