January 28, 2018 – James 4:11-17 – Pastor Zeke Mack

Pastor Zeke continued through our series in James, giving us a proper perspective on our view of others and our plans.

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Main Points & Outline

Premise: We must humble ourselves by prioritizing God in the way we view others and plan our lives.

  1. We must not judge others (v 11-12)
    1. Important question: Who are you to judge your neighbor?
    2. Our behavior:
      1. Our tendency, given our knowledge of God, is to judge others.
    3. Who God is:
      1. God is both the legislative and executive branch. He makes and enforces the Law.
  2. We must submit our plans to God (v 13-17)
    1. Important question: What is your life?
    2. Our behavior:
      1. Our tendency is to forget about God and eternity in our day to day lives.
    3. Who God is:
      1. God has a plan for your life. Plan accordingly.

Scripture: James 4:11-17

11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

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. (ESV)