Faith and Temptation

James 1:12-18

The challenge posed to us in James is that it's not enough to just say we know what to do, but to actually do it. We are challenged to remain steadfast in the faith lest we be seduced and led astray. We are encouraged to run the race, knowing we do not belong to the devil but to Jesus, that by his Spirit we can say yes to Jesus and no to sin.

Hypocrisy is born from seduction and temptation. Know you can say no to sin and flee from it like Joseph when tempted by Pharaoh's wife. Address the desires of your heart which are causing you to sin, not just focusing on the behaviour but asking why that behaviour occurs. Finally, to remain steadfast in the faith we must set the eyes of our heart on the goodness of God. Like Augustine says: Let us recall that God has made us for himself, and our hearts are restless until it rests in him. Let us repent of our sins and know that Jesus will welcome us home because his grace is sufficient.


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11 May 2015

Andrew Grills

Andrew is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Geelong. He has spent most of his life as an officer in the Australian Army. Graduating with the Sword of Honour from the Australian Defence Force Academy, he served in Infantry and Intelligence, including operations in East Timor with the commandos. He holds a postgraduate degree in International Relations from Oxford University and an MDiv from Ridley College. Andrew later became an Army Chaplain at the Australian Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka, before leaving the full time Army in 2013 to plant City on a Hill Geelong. Andrew has been married to his beautiful wife Danna for over 20 years and has five young children. He loves the ocean, traveling, camping, playing with his kids (including attending their innumerable sporting matches), and reading military history.

4 May 2015

Guy Mason

Guy is the founding and Senior Pastor of City on a Hill, a church that began in 2007 with a small team and a big vision. Today City on a Hill is a movement of many churches that gathers across multiple locations, in different cities and is united around the central mission of knowing Jesus and making Jesus known. Guy is a passionate communicator of the gospel who is committed to engaging culture with the beauty, truth, and relevance of Jesus. Guy graduated with a BA in Public Relations from RMIT University and has a Masters of Divinity from Ridley College. He is the husband to Vanessa and the father to four children. He is an ordained Anglican Minister and member of Acts 29.