Saturday, 31 December 2011
New Starts Are Nothing If There's No Good Finish
Pastor Jonathan teaches through James Chapter 5:13-20.

New starts are nothing if there’s no good ending!

New Year’s Day

Jonathan Bernd

January 1, 2012

James 5:13-20

Are any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you feeling good? You should sing praises. Are any of you sick? Ask the church leaders to come and pray over you, putting olive oil on you in the name of the Lord. Such a prayer offered in faith will save the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.

Tell your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for three and a half years! Then, when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops. My dear brothers and sisters, if someone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back, you can be sure that whoever brings the sinner back will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins.”

I thought Jesus promised a good life.

What’s wrong? Is it me or is it Him?

“Are any of you suffering hardships?.. Are any of you sick?”

1. Suffering is a _____________________of our life with God.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” [James 1:3-4]

Does sickness = sin or ‘lack of faith’?

“Such a prayer offered in faith will save the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven.”

2. Sin__________bring sickness, but___________________also causes sickness.

“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” [Romans 8:22]

What should I do when I suffer?

1. I need to ____________ my sins and struggles to _____________others.

“From him (Jesus) the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” [Ephesians 4:16]

2. I can___________________about it and ___________________to pray with me.

“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” [James 5:16]

3. I can___________________to pray with me.

“Ask the church leaders to come and pray over you, putting olive oil on you in the name of the Lord.”

“Such a prayer offered in faith will save the sick, and the Lord will make you well. And if you have committed any sins, you will be forgiven”.  [James 5:15]

What then?

“Are any of you feeling good? You should sing praises…Elijah was as human as we are… when he prayed again, the sky sent down rain and the earth began to yield its crops.”

God will ______ my suffering and struggles to ____________________, to_____________________________and to______________________to those that don’t yet know His hope.

“You welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere.” [1 Thessalonians 1:6-8]