If I could sum up James, in one verse, it would be Luke 6:46: “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” The central question of the book of James is are you living what you claim to believe.
Resources: James Bible Study Resources
01 James – Who was James?
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on February 4, 2015
Who was James? Who was he writing to and what was going on in their lives?
02 James 1:1-8 – Why does God test our faith?
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on February 11,2015
James insists the gospel is so valuable that we should be willing to face whatever life brings and rejoice that we stand to inherit so great a treasure. To be able to rejoice in my trials is to understand the value of the gospel in a real and practical way.
03 James 1:9-18 – Who is better off: the rich or the poor?
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on February 25, 2012
The poor believer will be exalted. The rich unbeliever will be humiliated. It may seem the other way around right now, but if you understand the gospel, it should change your perspective.
04 James 1:19-27 – How to respond to the gospel
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on March 4, 2015
God has identified the real problem in our lives and the only solution. But we easily deceive ourselves. The real issue is how are you going to respond to this message? Are you willing to hear God out?
05 James 2:1-13 – What is on the inside counts
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on February 8, 2012
Judging by external appearance is at the heart of James 2:1-13. But James is not concerned with whether we are nice to people or not. James is raising a more profound question: how are you looking at the world?
06 James 2:14-20 – Do James and Paul agree?
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on February 15, 2012
James 2:14-20 is the “problem” passage of the book of James where it looks like James and Paul disagree. They use the same vocabulary (faith, works and justification) and they both appeal to Abraham. But they address different issues.
07 James 2:21-26 – Do James and Paul agree, Part 2
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on February 22, 2012
Once I am justified before God, will “works” necessarily follow? James answers yes, because with 4 illustrations.
08 James 3:1-12 – Warnings to Teachers
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on April 1, 2015
Since Bible teachers presume to explain the word of God to others, James warns them to seriously consider the responsibility before seeking the job. Teaching is not an achievement to be prized, or a reward to be earned, or a glory to be gained. Teaching has a purpose: to explain the word of God.
09 James 3:13-4:6 – The Cause of Strife
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on April 8, 2015
Fights and quarrels among believers are symptoms of a deeper problem of leaning on earthly wisdom rather than seeking God’s wisdom.
10 James 4:7-17 – Draw Near to God
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on April 15, 2015
James begins his conclusion by getting to the bottom line with some strong, concrete language. What should you do if you see yourself in this letter? Repent.
11 James 5:1-11 – Worldliness and Riches
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on April 22, 2015
James continues his conclusion by returning to one of his two major application points: wealth and the way repentance should change our attitude toward wealth.
12 James 5:12-20 – Physically ill or spiritually weak?
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on April 29, 2015
Does James 5 encourage us to pray for one who is physically ill or one who is spiritually weak and weary? Ultimately which option we choose rests on our understanding of the larger context.