Through twelve verses, James offered information from God concerning the trials of life, that is, the outward circumstances that rail against us. In verse 13, James switched direction and began to instruct his readers, not about attacks from without, but attacks from within. He addressed the inner solicitation to evil that is characteristic in all of us. Unbelievably, James’ readers believed that God was responsible not only for the temptations they faced but for their own propensity to sin. Is that what you believe? If not, just how do you deal with temptation and its results?
Poverty for first century believers was more the rule than the exception. Consequently, one might think that James would offer some stinging statements condemning poverty – he did not. One might think James would have ragged on the wealthy about giving to the poor – he did not. One might think that James would have set forth a plan for upward movement from one socio-economic class to another as the solution to the fiery trial of poverty – he did not. Then, what did he do?
Does God really expect us to be joyful in the hardships of life? It’s difficult enough to force a faint smile when we face minor irritations, but to use the word joy when enduring the desert-like experiences is beyond reason. Surely, this can’t be right, can it? Is there method in seeming madness of God? You just might be surprised.
Sermon Date: July 10, 2022 | Speaker: Dr. John Connell Anyone who examines the book of James will discover far more than crusty digging in a stale archive. Instead, he or she finds the power of this book drawing them in like the tractor beams in a Star Wars movie. The supernatural influence and shocking…
In James 2:24, does James contradict the core Christian doctrine of salvation by faith alone? Have we gotten the Gospel all wrong and are actually we saved by our own works and good deeds?