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Be Mature by Warren W. Wiersbe. Chapter 1 Time to Grow Up Book of James. Who was James? James 1:1 – James , a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. James as a form of Old Testament name, Jacob Son of Zebedee & brother of John

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be mature by warren w wiersbe

Be Matureby Warren W. Wiersbe

Chapter 1

Time to Grow Up

Book of James

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Who was James?

James 1:1 – James , a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.

    • James as a form of Old Testament name, Jacob
    • Son of Zebedee & brother of John
    • Son of Alphaeus
    • Father of Judas the disciple, not Iscariot
    • Brother of the Lord (Mark 6:3)
      • Unbeliever (John 7: 1-5)
      • In Upper Room (Acts 1:14)
      • Jesus appeared unto him (1 Cor.15:7)
      • Paul described Him as a pillar (Gal 2:9)
      • Moderator in a council (Acts 15)
      • Married man (1 Cor. 9:5)
      • Received love offering from Gentiles (Acts 21: 18-19)
      • Tradition:
        • Was martyred in 62 A.D.
        • Man of prayer & his knees were as hard as camel’s
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Pharisees casted him out and beat him to death. He prayed for his murderers like Jesus :Father, forgive for they know not what they do”
    • Jew
  • To whom did James write?
    • James 1:1b – “…to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad,…”
    • Christian Jews
    • James 1:16 – Of his own will beloved begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
    • Jews rejected by Gentiles and Christian Jews rejected by their own countrymen
  • Why did James write?
    • Problems Christian Jews faced: difficult testings, temptations, competitions, attention to or being robbed by the rich, tongue, lack of practice to what one says, worldiness. Disobedience to God’s Word
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Churches are playpens for babies or workshops for adults
  • Characteristics of little children (immature)
  • Impatience in difficulties (James 1:1-4)
  • Talking, but not living the truth (2:14ff)
  • No control of the tongue (3:1f)
  • Fighting & coveting (4:1ff)
  • Collecting material toys (5:1ff)
  • Perfect – mature, complete
  • Perfect man – not sinless man, but rather mature, Theme: Spiritual Maturity; in Hebrews Spiritual Perfection
  • balanced, grown up man

(Hebrews 6:1 … let us go unto perfection;…)

  • Build on perfect salvation & grow into maturity
  • Five marks of the mature Christian
    • He is patient in testing. Chapter 1
      • Trials on the outside 1: 1-12
      • Trials on the inside 1: 13-27
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He practices the truth Chapter 2
    • Faith & love 2:1-13
    • Faith & works 2:14-26
  • He has power over tongue Chapter 3
    • Exhortation 3:1-2
    • Illustrations 3:3-12
    • 6 images of tongue
    • Application 3:13-18
  • He is a peacemaker Chapter 4
    • Three wars 4:1-3
    • Three enemies 4:4-7
    • Three admonitions 4:8-17
  • He is prayerful in troubles Chapter 5
    • Economic trouble 5:1-9
    • Physical troubles 5:10-16
    • National troubles 5:17-18
    • Church troubles 5:19-20
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How do we get out of the study?
    • 5 Essentials
      • Spiritual Birth (James 1:18)
        • No spiritual birth, no spiritual maturity
        • As human baby has 2 parents, a spiritual baby has 2 parents: Word of God and Spirit of God
      • We must examine our life in the light of God’s Word
        • God’s Word as a mirror
      • We must obey what god teaches us no matter the cost
        • James 1:22
      • We be prepared for extra trials & temptaions
        • “Tribulation worketh patience” Romans 5:3
      • We must measure our spiritual growth by the Word of God, not by others Christians (II Cor. 10:12)
    • Not everyone who grows old grow up.
    • Difference between age & maturity