Trails and Crowns

(James 1:12; Pas. Baines, Jr. 5/2019)

Introduction: Most of us know something about trials, temptations, or rough times. We would do well to keep trusting that God’s crowns are greater than our trials. This discussion centers around how, “We should live like the crowns are greater than the enduring of our trials.”

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Key Points:
1. We are subject to a number of trials
. Notice that James 1:12 implies that believers may have some trials to endure. .....Let’s live like we know that salvation and discipleship don’t exempt us from trials.

2. Feed your faith. Passages like Psalm 119:11 urges us to feed our faith by keeping God’s word top of our mind. ….. Let’s work on feeding our faith.

3. Starve your distractions. Notice that Psalm 1:1-3 talks about the relationship between the company that one keeps and what one focuses on. .....Let’s work on staring anything that distracts us from keeping the faith. 

4. We’re not saved by endurance. Notice that passages like John 3:16; I John 5:11-12 make it clear that we are saved by accepting Jesus as our savior by faith. .....Let’s be thankful that our salvation is based on Jesus, not our behavior during times of trials.

5. There is crown. Notice in passages like I Corinthians 3:11-15 that there is a judgment seat of Christ (not the Great White Throne Judgment in Rev. 20:11-15).  ….. Let’s work on our crown by staying obedient and trusting.

6. The promises of God are sure. Notice passages like Titus 1:2 teaches that God cannot lie. ….. Let’s live like we still trust the promises of God. 

What is one thing you will take from this session and work on, in regard to your discipleship goals?

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