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CrossPointe Church in Norman, OK is truly a church with a heart. With services, activities, and classes for adults, kids, students, and seniors, CrossPointe has a place for you. We offer three worship venues with three distinct styles of music.

Sermons

James: Heart in Hand - Our Plans as Mist

Mike Butler

We all make plans to succeed or fail. There is no other real description of our lives. When we make those plans, we don’t always include the most important factor - which is we don’t control time. We are given only so much time to make the most of our lives and we don’t know how much time that is. This week Pastor Butler, speaks to us from James about making the most of our time by remembering that we are mist. Join us Sunday morning at either 9:00 or 10:30. We have a number of opportunities for children, students, and adults. For more information about CrossPointe or for access to previous sermons visit us at www.crosspointe.tv or contact us at 405-329-0823.

James 4:13-5:6 13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.  

Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. u 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.

When making plans we must avoid the pitfalls of:

Selfish Pride

James 4:8-9, NIV 2011 8 Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom.

Unfair Criticism

James 4:10-12, NIV 2011 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.  11 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?

Misplaced Confidence

James 4:13-17, NIV 2011 13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.

James 5:1-6, NIV 2011 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. u 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.

Making plans can be healthy, exciting, and sinful.

Colossians 3:24, NIV 2011 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.

Ecclesiastes 9:9-10, NIV 2011 9 Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun—all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun. 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

Proverbs 12:11, NLT 11 A hard worker has plenty of food, but a person who chases fantasies has no sense.

Our plans for life must be shaped by both how and what.  

Proverbs 16:9, NLT 9 We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.

Honest questions to ask of our plans:

  1. Have I planned enough time for growth?

  2. Is there room in my plan for others?

  3. Am I ready for God to change my plans?

  4. Does the return of Jesus shape my plans?

Proverbs 30:7-9, Holman Christian Standard Bible 7 Two things I ask of You;  don’t deny them to me before I die: 8 Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me. Give me neither poverty nor wealth; feed me with the food I need. 9 Otherwise, I might have too much and deny You, k saying, “Who is the Lord?” or I might have nothing and steal, profaning n the name of my God.

Benediction

Colossians 4:6, NIV 2011 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

James: Heart in Hand - Fighting the Right Fight

Mike Butler

We all fight at some point. There are moments when we feel like we have to stand up and stand firm. Other times we feel like our voice must be heard because so much is at stake. The problem is that sometime our fight is not really about anyone but ourselves. This week, Pastor Butler talks with us from James 4 about how to look for the heart of our “fights” and how it is that most of the time, we are fighting against God and not for Him. Join us Sunday morning at either 9:00 or 10:30. We have a number of opportunities for children, students, and adults. For more information about CrossPointe visit us at www.crosspointe.tv or contact us at 405-329-0823.

James 4:1-7, NIV 2011 “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.  4 You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

Our fights with others are actually just fights with ourselves.

James 4:1, NIV 2011 “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you.”

Proverbs 25:28, The Message “A person without self-control is like a house with its doors and windows knocked out.”

We fight with ourselves because we are unsatisfied.

James 4:2-3, NIV 2011 “You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

Matthew 5:21-22, NLT “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone,* you are in danger of the fires of hell.”

We fight with ourselves because we have made God our enemy.

James 4:4-6, NIV 2011 “You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? 6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

If we are to win this fight, then we must submit to defeat.

James 4:7-12, NIV 2011  “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.  

We may have to admit:

  1. We are adulterers.

  2. We are enemies.

  3. We are false or have been false Christians.

James 4:8-12, NIV 2011  Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.  

If we are to win this fight, then we must learn to be better friends.

James 4:11-12, NIV 2011 Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?”

James 1:26-27, NLT If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless. 27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

James 2:12-13, NLT So whatever you say or whatever you do, remember that you will be judged by the law that sets you free.  13 There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.

James 3:9-12, NLT  Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!

Proverbs 25:13, The Message “Reliable friends who do what they say are like cool drinks in sweltering heat—refreshing!”

Proverbs 25:23, The Message “A north wind brings stormy weather, and a gossipy tongue stormy looks.”

Benediction

Colossians 4:6, NIV 2011 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Reflection Questions

  1. James says that we war and battle with each other because we war within ourselves.  Have you ever considered that before? (e.g. I am angry with my position in life and so I took it out on my kids; I believe I am due more respect in general, so when she said that I felt it was an attack on me personally; etc.)  How does this change the reason behind our arguments?

  2. As you reflect on James 4:4-6, why do you think James refers to the listeners as adulterers? Have you ever considered that the conflicts you have are really based on desires that speak to your faithfulness to God?

  3. How does James 4:6 give encouragement to you today?

  4. Read James 4:7-12.  How does James’ instruction about getting our hearts right before God challenge you to so some self-reflection? What are some areas that you sense God is calling you to change?

  5. In James 4:11-12, we find that we are are to treat each other respectfully and honorably.  Can you think of a time when you felt dishonored or disregarded? How has that impacted the way you have treated others? What do these verses have to say about the type of friends we are?

  6. Can you think of one person you need to be a better friend to?  What can you do this week to try and be a better friend to them? (e.g. impromptu lunch, “random” call to check on them, take a “just because” package to them, etc.)

James: Heart in Hand - The Good Life

Mike Butler

What is the Good Life? Is it long vacations? Is it money in the bank? Is it how many people know your name? For many, the Good Life is simply another way of describing success. In the Letter of James, the Good life is based on how a person accepts and uses wisdom. This week , Pastor Butler continues his series over James with “The Good Life” by talking us through two types of wisdom and how God intends us to see it. Join us Sunday morning at either 9:00 or 10:30. We have a number of opportunities for children, students, and adults. For more information about CrossPointe or for access to previous sermons visit us at www.crosspointe.tv or contact us at 405-329-0823.

Heart in Hand: The Good Life  (James 3:13-18)  13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.  17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

The good life is the result of true wisdom.

Proverbs 1:1-7, The Message Written down so we’ll know how to live well and right, to understand what life means and where it’s going; A manual for living, for learning what’s right and just and fair; To teach the inexperienced the ropes and give our young people a grasp on reality. There’s something here also for seasoned men and women, still a thing or two for the experienced to learn— Fresh wisdom to probe and penetrate,the rhymes and reasons of wise men and women.

To live the good life, we must know the difference between True wisdom and False Wisdom .

Colossians 3:1-5, NIV 2011   I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. 2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. 5 For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.

True Wisdom = source is God, accessed through humility, produces a good life.

Psalm 1:1-3, NLT 1 Oh, the joys of those who do not  follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers. 2 But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night.  3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.

False Wisdom = source is satan, accessed through pride, produces a dead life.

Psalm 1:4-6, NLT 4 But not the wicked!  They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. 5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly. 6 For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.

Sam Allberry, “The fact is, we need to have God’s perspective on our lives. We need him to humble our hearts. We need him to tame our tongues. It is why humility and wisdom go together in this passage: to truly know yourself is to know yourself as someone in need of God’s grace.”

Proverbs 2:6, NIV 2011 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”

Proverbs 19:8, The Message “Grow a wise heart—you’ll do yourself a favor; keep a clear head—you’ll find a good life.”

A Good Life on display means

  1. Peace in Mind.

  2. Heart of Forgiveness.

  3. Generous Hands.

  4. Self-giving.

  5. Attractive to others.

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Benediction

Colossians 4:6, NIV 2011 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Reflection Questions

  1. Read James 3:13-18. As you read, pay attention to the way James speaks of Wisdom. What are some things that stand out about wisdom?

  2. According to James, what are evidences of a Good life? Can you think of a person or people that you believe have a good life based on what James says? What stands out to you about them?

  3. In what ways can wisdom be earthly, unspiritual, or demonic? Can you think of some examples where this type of wisdom has impacted you personally - either giving or having received it? What did God teach you through that experience about the power of your tongue. (Read James 3:1-12 again.)

  4. Read Psalm 1:1-6.  What do these verses say about the value of true wisdom and the danger of false wisdom? How could you use these verses to challenge people to learn to discern between the two?

 Proverbs 30 Day Challenge:  

  1. Choose a translation that is easy to understand (NIV, NLT, The Message)

  2. One Proverb per day (start with the day of the month and move forward)

  3. After reading, reflect on one section.

  4. Use it as a prayer for wisdom from the LORD.