The following sermon was preached by Mr. Raymond Kemp (Divinity Student), on the Sabbath Morning 13th September 2009. Here is a sermon for those who are oppressed in their souls. James is a very practical preacher. Paul exalted faith as the evidence of justification but James shows us that good works are the fruits of that faith. Here are three exhortations. One is a word of expectation; we are to live every day in the expectation of the coming of The Lord Jesus Christ. Secondly, a word of patience and restraint; not the patience of waiting but rather, that of enduring tribulation and restraining from sin and anger. And, thirdly, a word of example; like the farmer who waits for the latter rain, like the prophets of old who endured such suffering with great patience and particularly, like job; who would not curse God but patiently trusted The Lord in the face of enormous trails.
The text is James 5:7-12…Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord