FAITH IN ACTION: THE EPISTLE OF JAMES
Dr. Paul Manuel—2016
|Late First Century Ossuary (allegedly) of James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus1|
Below find an outline and the beginning of the study.
The Epistle of James
- James extends his greetings (James 1:1).
A. God can bring advantages from difficult situations (vv. 2–12).
1. Trials and testing produce perseverance and maturity (vv. 2–9).
2. Humility and endurance produce blessing and reward (vv. 9–12).
B. God is not necessarily the cause of difficult situations (vv. 13–18).Application: Make sure you engage your mind before you engage your mouth (Prov 13:3).
C. Believers must respond properly in difficult situations (vv. 19–27).
II. The Believer and Balance (James 2)
A. The partiality among congregants causes division (vv. 1–13).Application: You are preparing your case now for how you will be presenting your case later (2 Cor 5:110).
B. The interplay of faith and works requires balance (vv. 14–26).
III. The Believer and Speech (James 3)
A. He must keep his tongue in check (vv. 1–12).Application: Godly character does not come naturally; you must practice it if you want to posses it (Jms 3:17).
B. He must avail himself of godly wisdom (vv. 13–18).
IV. The Believer and Humility (James 4)
A. The cause of many disputes is pride (vv. 1–6).Application: Do not allow an occasion of tension to become a cause of division (Matt 7:12).
B. The cure for many disputes is humility (vv. 7–10).
C. The complement (to humility) in many disputes is love (vv. 11–12).
D. The complication to many disputes is boasting (vv. 13–17).
V. The Believer and Prayer (James 5)
A. He should not brag about the future (vv. 1-6).Application: As much as you are able, be alert to what you can do, especially to pray for each other’s spiritual condition and to help each other stay the spiritual course (Eph 6:18).
B. He should persevere in prayer (vv. 7–12).
C. He should petition for the congregation’s health (vv. 13–20).