WEEK 1 - James 1
This week we were literally coming off the bus from camp and straight into our four weekend services. The message series has been planned for quite and while and we've had multiple sermon/series student brainstorming meetings about it, but it all came together Saturday morning. Prepping so late is dangerous (not my usual style, I promise!) but God really used His Word to speak to hearts this weekend. We talked about troubles, trials and temptations that we'll face as we follow Jesus. We had a student from camp (Nicole) share her story filled with problems and trials, and she shared how she trusted Jesus this week and was baptized in the ocean as well. So great!
WEEK 2 - James 2
This weekend the talk was built around the section of James 2 where he talks about good works flowing from a life of faith. How that faith is dead without evidence of a changed life in our actions and outlook. We looked at the roadblocks of why we choose not to serve (outright selfishness was my admission) and offered students several practical ways to get involved in serving in HSM and outside the church walls in the community.
WEEK 3 & 4 - James 3 & 4
I was out of town for a couple weeks of this series - so you'll have to come up with the outlines for James 3 and 4 on your own!
WEEK 5 - James 5
This week we pulled the past month together and brought home the last chapter of the James series. I spoke on the last few verses of James 5 - talking specifically about prayer and rescuing people with our prayers and with our actions. Lots of work to do to recap where we had gone in this series - so Robby came up and did a pre-intro/recap of the past 4 weeks. Students have been in and out a lot this summer, so we made a intentional emphasis on the series review. The message had a clear plan of salvation included, and emphasized followers of Jesus to pray earnestly out of a sincere and right heart. One practical way we applied the message was to ask students to subscribe to a 7-day message stream that reminded them to earnestly pray for something/someone. So excited, about half of the students participated!