Pressure Points | The Pressure of Expectations

Pressure is nothing new.

In the first century a Christ-follower named James wrote to Jewish Christians who faced intense pressure - even persecution. James urged these first believers to let the pressure push them deeper into their faith. Today James teaches us how God's truth can empower us using our Pressure Points.


Expectations can be good and helpful. Our highest expectations should be for ourselves. When our personal desires turn into expectations from others, we run into relational trouble. James specifically addresses our expectations about relationships with people and God. Both begin with a  question: "How can you expect to have a relationship with God when you mistreat people?" If you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. "How can you expect to have a relationship with God when your 'faith' is not backed by action?" Faith by itself is not enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. 

Message Notes:

James 2

Expectations can be good and helpful.

“High expectations are the key to everything.”-Sam Walton

 

Our highest expectations should be of ourselves.

 

When our personal desires turn into expectations from others, we run into relational trouble.

 

James specifically addresses our expectations about our relationships with people and God.

Both begin with a question:

 

PEOPLE

“How can you expect to have a relationship with God when you mistreat people?”

James 2:1

BOTTOM   LINE

If you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin.

James 2:9

 

GOD

“How can you expect to have a relationship with God when your ‘faith’ is not backed up by action?”

BOTTOM  Line

Faith by itself is not enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.