Resilient: Joyful Community in Challenging Times | Envisioning the Steadfast Christian | James 1:12-18
Trials raise questions about faith and life. When we consider trials and our response to them, we wonder whether we can trust that the God who is in charge of our trials really loves us. What James shows us - that God is the source of every good gift and every perfect gift, even and especially the trials - is at once challenging and comforting.
James offers us great encouragement if we’re exploring who Jesus is and wonder if we really should commit ourselves to him. The letter emboldens Christians who find that following Jesus invites unique challenges in a world increasingly disinterested in Jesus. When we face personal trials, wrestle with temptation, or struggle to pursue unity in our fractured society, James shows us how to do so -- with joy!
We often assume a disconnect between what we believe and how we function. God shows us how we can use what we do to build our spiritual life, through Sabbath rest, holy sweat and patient investment.