The biblical book of James is a letter quite unlike any other, sometimes appearing to argue with other parts of the New Testament while still relying on the teaching of Jesus. This letter addresses the Christian community in the midst of trying circumstances and urges a faith that grows out of practice, and deeds that grow out of faith.
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Audio Video James 1:17-27
The book of James is unique among the letters of the New Testament in its unembarrassed forthrightness about the way that the faith of the Christian community and its actions are linked together. Before driving that point home (as we will see in chapter 2), James first urges the church to adopt the appropriate posture: a posture of openness, meekness, and gratitude.
Sunday, November 3, 2019
Audio Video Micah 6:6-8 & James 2:1-10, 14-17
James claims that faith without works is dead in doing so ignites centuries of theological controversy, especially among Protestant Christians. But if we can set those debates aside, we might be able to hear a clear, penetrating word that is sorely needed for the church today.
Sunday, November 10, 2019
Audio Video James 3:1-12
James has some very harsh words to say about the danger of harsh words. In a world filled with chatter and dangerous speech, James urges Christians to do less talking and a lot more doing.
Sunday, November 17, 2019
Audio Video James 3:13 – 4:4, 7-8
James recognizes that the wisdom we adopt and pursue in our daily lives has a profound impact on the people we become. James urges us to turn away from the wisdom of the world, which bears the fruit of conflict and dissatisfaction, and instead to turn to the wisdom of God, which bears the fruit of peace.
Sunday, November 24, 2019
Audio Video James 5:13-20
After covering a wide range of topics in his letter, many of which focus on things that tend to result in division and conflict in the body of Christ, James wraps things up with a word on prayer. In doing so, James says something profound and relevant about the power of prayer in the life of the church.