A Street Level Faith: Pitfalls of the Proud

A Street Level Faith: Study of James

‘The Pitfalls of the Proud’

James 4:11-17



James 4:11-17 (GNT)

‘Do not criticize one another, my friends. If you criticize or judge another Christian, you criticize and judge the Law. If you judge the Law, then you are no longer one who obeys the Law, but one who judges it. 12 God is the only lawgiver and judge. He alone can save and destroy. Who do you think you are, to judge someone else?

13 Now listen to me, you that say, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to a certain city, where we will stay a year and go into business and make a lot of money.” 14 You don't even know what your life tomorrow will be! You are like a puff of smoke, which appears for a moment and then disappears. 15 What you should say is this: “If the Lord is willing, we will live and do this or that.” 16 But now you are proud, and you boast; all such boasting is wrong.

17 So then, if we do not do the good, we know we should do, we are guilty of sin.’


 1.   A Proud Perspective

James 4:11-12; Matthew 12:36; James 2:8; Exodus 20:16


  • James gives an admonition
  • James gives a clarification
  • James gives an identification
  • James gives a confirmation


 2.   A Proud Prospect

    James 4:13-15; Acts 18:21; Proverbs 16:9


  • The Planning of Life
  • The Perplexity of Life
  • The Perspective of Life


 3.   A Proud Presumption

James 4:16-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; Ephesians 5:18


  • The Pride of Boasting
  • The Peril of Boasting
  • The Postponement of Boasting

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