This is a brief topical overview of the book of James. Likely written by the half-brother of Jesus, this book is rich in instruction for believers. James speaks directly without mincing words, and gives us great direction in knowing not only how to read God’s Word but be doers of what it teaches. Click here to read the whole study.
“James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings.” (James 1:1)
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” (James 1:22)
“The word ‘slave’ certainly has a negative connotation in our day. But I love how James, who was likely the half-brother of Jesus, refers to himself as a slave for the Lord Jesus.”
“A practical point I enjoyed about the relationship between James and Jesus was this: every one of us must make our own choice to follow Jesus. We may come from a family of Baptist ministers. We may be the daughter of a ‘Billy Graham evangelist.’ We may be the wife of a prominent missionary who lost his life taking the gospel to a foreign country. None of that will save us or give us the assurance of an eternity in heaven. We are unable to ride on the coattails of another; we must choose to follow Jesus personally. James spent many years under the same roof as the Messiah, yet until he recognized it for himself, he was simply lost.”
“The book of James will step on our toes and challenge our faith walk. James does not make mild suggestions but rather bold statements of how to live a life for Christ. He talks about our faith, and how when it’s genuine, good works will follow—not the other way around. He discusses how we should treat others, showing no partiality. We will read of the dangers of the tongue, and the many problems we have when we refuse to tame it. If you’re a believer, James is one of the most practical ‘how-to’ books for developing Christian character.”