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Outline—Matthew 4:1–11

  1. The setting (vv. 1–3a)
  2. The proceedings (vv. 3b–9)
  3. Applications (vv. 10–11)

Related Scripture

  • Hebrews 2:14ff
  • Matthew 3:16ff
  • John 8
  • Hebrews 4
  • Psalm 25

Take Home Points

  • Because Christ conquered these temptations, we can wait on God.
  • Don’t experiment with God or try to expedite Him.

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Outline—Job 28–29

  1. The recounting of Job
  2. The crux of the matter—where it reaches home (v. 29:2)
  3. The practical causes for yearning for bygone days
  4. The effective cures for spiritual malaise

Take Home Points:

  • God has revealed His plan for you. (Romans 8:28–30)
  • Remember how great is God—research His promises. (Jeremiah 29:11–13)

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Outline—James 1:12–16

  1. God’s proposal (v. 12)
    1. Promised grace—happy
    2. Promised end—when he is approved
    3. Promised crown—of life
  2. Man’s problem (vv. 13–16)
    1. Pouting tantrum (v. 13)
    2. Personal battle (v. 14)
    3. Process unleashed (vv. 15–16)

Take Home Points

  • The world always makes sin a laughing matter.
  • No where is the cycle of death more evident than in the prospect of hell, and the cycle of life more evident than heaven.
  • You may not be all that happy with the life you are forced to live as your faith is tried, but remember it will be swapped with the best life there is.
  • Review the contrast:
    • Testing Trial -> Faith -> Patience -> Endures -> Perfect Work -> Crown of Life
    • Testing Temptation -> Lust -> Drawn Away -> Sin -> Full Grown -> Death
  • The great challenge is to choose well: faith over lust.

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Outline—James 1:9–12

  1. Perspective for Fair Weather or Foul (vv. 9–10)
    1. Pressures of distress
    2. Pressures of defeat
  2. Perspective for the Fragile (vv. 10–11)
  3. Perspective for the Faithful (v. 12)

Take Home Points

  • Do not think too lightly of the impoverished brother; he is a child of God.
  • God desires you to come to Him in trial to strengthen you to endure, to overcome, and to triumph.

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Wisdom for the Trial

Outline—James 1:5–8

  1. Wisdom’s Provider (v. 5)
  2. Wisdom’s Requirement (vv. 6–7)
    1. Grounded in faith
    2. Guarded from doubt
  3. Wisdom’s Banishment (vv. 7–8)

Take Home Points

  • Wisdom is founded in God’s nature—unchangeable glory.
  • The refusal of wisdom is not God’s unwillingness, it is because of man’s doubt.

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Outline—James 1:1–5

  1. One Challenge—Count (v. 2)
  2. One Certainty—Knowing (v. 3)
  3. One Outcome—Perfect Work (v. 4)
  4. One Tool—Ask (v. 5)

Take Home Points

  • In order to expect wisdom, you must be born again.
  • Christians must never be known for skepticism, cynicism, or depression because of trials.

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