Faith/Works: Book of James

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From the first to the last verse of the book of James, God gives us one of the most practical pictures of the Christian faith in all the Bible. Written to a people who were scattered and suffering, James envisions communities of faith caring, providing, and praying for one another as they show what the life of Christ looks like in action. Possibly more than any other New Testament book, this letter from James lifts our lives far above the superficial religious formalities we are so prone to settle for and sets our sights on active, authentic faith that makes a radical difference in the needs of the world around us.

Faith Works in Patience

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James 5:7-12 In times of suffering, believers are to endure with patience and steadfastness, keeping their eyes set on the Lord. He is compassionate and merciful to His children, in every circumstance.

Faith Works in Humility

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James 4:13-17 Our view of the future has great influence on where we place our assurance. James urges us to humbly view all of our days as lived under the sovereign will of the Lord.

Faith Works in Conflict

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James 4:1-12 Our passions and desires are at war within us, and we must fight against them. While pride, boasting and divisiveness mark worldly people, humility, obedience and repentance mark the godly.

Faith Works in Wisdom

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James 3:13-18 In living out our lives, we can follow worldly wisdom that’s false or godly wisdom that’s true. We must examine every thought and deed by the Lord’s truth—the Word—and no other standard.

Faith Works with Our Words

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James 3:1-12 Our words can be either a blessing or a curse to those around us. Believers must learn to control their tongues and use their words for good, not evil.

Real Faith Works

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James 2:14-26 Faith and works aren’t mutually exclusive. In fact, James tells us that faith apart from works is dead. Works don’t save us, but good works should follow true faith.

Faith Works Against Partiality

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James 2:1-13 There’s fatal perceptions in life. There’s errors in judgment and discernment. We prejudge situations that are not only deadly in the physical realm, like that, but can be deadly in the spiritual and the relational realm.  James is gonna teach us in chapter 2, the first 13 verses that it is counterfeit Christianity […]

Antidote to Deception

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James 1:19-27 When you’re deceived about a thing, it’s dangerous. When you’re deceived about a relationship, it’s devastating. If we’re deceived about our relationship with God, it can be deadly. James teaches us how we can defend and prepare ourselves against spiritual deception.