Sermon Notes

James 1:2-4

1 Peter 4:12-14

KEY THOUGHT: How I understand and deal with suffering has a huge influence on the person I will become

  1. A trial is a test of faith, patience, or stamina through subjection to suffering or temptation. It’s when something happens that you wish hadn’t happened.

What if we viewed these everyday life trials not as mere “annoying inconveniences” but rather an opportunity for spiritual growth IN us? 

“My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up power within you to endure all things. And then as your endurance grows even stronger it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.” (1 Peter 4:12-14)

  1. Pure joy isn’t about perfectly wonderful circumstances. James is insinuating that pure joy is having great character regardlessof our circumstances.