Dec 30, 2018 – Who Knows What This Year Will Bring?
Due to technical difficulty, only the first half of the sermon was recorded. We apologize for the abrupt ending.
Rev. Scott Strickman
Sermon Series – James: Distilling Faith
James 4:13-17 (ESV)
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
Questions for Reflection
- Do you have goals or aspirations for 2019? Do you usually make resolutions or any commitments at the start of a new year? Why or why not?
- Is your understanding of Christian obedience mainly focused on not breaking God’s rules/commands? How do you understand your own freedom – can you do anything you like assuming God doesn’t forbid it? Should there be any clear alignment between what you pursue in life and what you believe honors God?
- Is it wrong to make plans? If we don’t know what the future holds, is it foolish to make plans? What principles should direct you in regards to when and how you plan for the future?
- How do you adopt the attitude “if the Lord wills” when thinking or speaking about your future aspirations? What does that mean? What are you supposed to be thinking or doing when you say that?
- What fears do you have for the upcoming year? If you don’t know what the future holds, how does faith sustain you? How do you face the future humbly, honorably, and such that you thrive? How does the gospel make a difference in this (does it?)?