1. The Author believed to be James the Just, brother of Jesus. (Matt. 13:55, Acts 15)
  2. Main themes found in James are:
    1. Living out ones faith.  (James 1:3,6)
      • In Thought (2 Cor. 10:1-6)
      • In Word      (Luke 6:43-45)
      • In Deed      (Col. 3:12-17

2. Being a doer not just a hearer. (James 1:25, Phil. 3:17-21)

  • Taking Action at Home
  • Taking Action at Work
  • Taking action while enjoying Leisure time
  1. Godliness above worldliness. (James 1:27, Col. 3:1-4)
  • Seeking to elevate God above self
  • Seeking to elevate others above self
  • Seeking eternal things above temporal things
  1. Audience is primarily made up of the Jewish Christians scattered, evidenced by:
    1. Jewish reasoning throughout the text.
    2. Frequent reflections on the Torah (Book of Law, Old Testament)
    3. Dispersion, could be literal and metaphorical, most likely this letter reached house churches outside of Palestine.
  2. As a result of the troubles and persecutions many of the Jews had fallen into worldliness and factions of fighting.
  3. Giving into worldly lifestyles. (James 1:19-26)
  4. This resulted in doublemindedness. (James 1:8,4:8)

Keys to Transformation

Live for the King of Kings!

Be a doer of Eternal things!

Consider God above all else!

 

 

 

 

 

Questions for Reflection

How are you living out your faith? Please Explain:

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What does it mean to be a doer of the word? Please Explain:

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Why is it important to seek Godliness above all? Please Explain: