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
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on February 4, 2015. Who was James? Who was he writing to and what was going on in their lives?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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.
Teacher: Krisan Marotta on February 22, 2012. Once I am justified before God, will “works” necessarily follow? James answers yes, because with 4 illustrations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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