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Mike Graham - April 3, 2022
Transformed Through Suffering in Community
Scripture References: James 5:13-20
From Series: "Wholly Transformed"
If you lived with Jesus—literally, in the same house with Jesus—for 10-20 years, do you think it would change you? It certainly transformed James, Jesus’ half-brother and author of the book of James. (You can read more about him in Mark 6:3, Acts 12 & 15, and Galatians 1-2.) The New Testament book of James is a power-packed summary of everything Jesus is and all that Jesus taught. It reads like the book of Proverbs and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), condensed and rolled into one. It’s chock-full of down-to-earth illustrations and memorable one-liners with one goal: to wholly transform us into the image of Christ. • James wants us to bear the marks of genuine disciples who love God, love each other, and love our neighbors. • Through James, God invites us to live whole lives where our actions are completely integrated and always consistent with the beliefs and values we’ve received from Jesus. Thankfully, God is on a mission to make fractured people whole, and we are part of His mission! Throughout this series, let’s commit to bringing our fractured selves to Jesus—week after week and day after day—for healing and transformation.