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.
Study: James Resources
01 James – Who was James?
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on January 11, 2012
James 1:1 confronts us with the problem of which James is the author of this letter. There are several people named James in the Bible, just like we have several Marys. As Bible students, we have to figure out which one wrote this letter. Many scholars believe our author is James, the brother of the Lord. But how do we know?
02 James 1:1-8 – Why does God test our faith?
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on January 18, 2012
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 January 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 February 1, 2012
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 February 29, 2012
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 3:13-18 – Wisdom from above
Teacher: Terri Weiser on March 7, 2012
James contrasts the wisdom from above with earthly wisdom. The kind of wisdom you possess will be revealed in your lifestyle. Wisdom from above is skill in the art of godly wisdom which flows out of a relationship with God and trust in His ordering of the world.
10 James 4:1-10 – Friendship with the World
Teacher: Terri Weiser on March 14, 2012
Fights and quarrels among believers are symptoms of a deeper problem of leaning on earthly wisdom rather than seeking God’s wisdom.
11 James 4:11-12 – Arrogant use of Speech
Teacher: Jane Bopp on March 21, 2012
James warns against using speech to hurt rather than to heal.
12 James 4:13-5:6 – Arrogant use of Time & Wealth
Teacher: Jane Bopp on March 28, 2012
James warns against boasting about tomorrow and trusting in wealth.
13 James 5:7-11 – Patience in Suffering
Teacher: Terri Weiser on April 11, 2012
James encourages his readers to be patient in the midst of suffering, reminding us we have both a present and a future hope.
14 James 5:13-20 – Prayer as a habit of the Heart
Teacher: Terri Weiser on April 18, 2012