Sermon Summary: The Determined Mind

This week, we began our next mini learning series on the book of James with an emphasis in living out the faith we profess.

Natalie Mariscal, 167 Community Group leader shares her thoughts and impression of this sermon.


The double-minded man is distracted, fickle, unstable and committed in as much as they feel comfortable.

The sermon this past Sunday highlighted two different kinds of minds in context to trials: a determined mind and a double mind, both of which James 1 describes. Determined was defined as "having made a firm decision and being resolved not to change it."

A determined mind is centered on the love and faith we have for God and His ways. It is not easily distracted, does not submit to fear, and is focused on what’s eternal/forever.

A double-minded man thrives in lust and fear; lusts after the things of this world and fears that God is out to get him. The double-minded man is distracted, fickle, unstable and committed in as much as they feel comfortable.

“Is it I, Lord?”

I analyzed the meanings of both determined-minded and double-minded and felt the urge to ask myself “Is it I, Lord?” Am I double minded, too comfortable in this fleeting world that I have forgotten what is my true reward ? I was only able to answer this question when Josmel asked, “Do we frequently contemplate having eternal companionship with the Jesus?" Sadly, the answer is no.

The sermon convicted and challenged me to be reminded that Jesus endured the cross because He was determined-minded and had eternity with the Father and me in mind. He saw what was to come with His painful sacrifice, and He chose to endure. My time here on earth is to build intimacy with my Savior, and my reward is to be with God for an eternity.