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REJOICING IN THE HOPE OF SALVATION

REJOICING IN THE HOPE OF SALVATION

November 22, 2020

James 1:1-18

Greeting

1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings.

Testing of Your Faith

2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 
3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 
4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 
6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 
7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 
8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. 
9 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 
10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. 
11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits. 
12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 
13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 
14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 
15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. 
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 
18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

I Peter 1:6-9

Greeting

1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 
2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

Born Again to a Living Hope

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 
4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 
5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 
6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 
7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith–more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire–may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 
8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 
9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.