Living out what lives inside

We recently completed a study in James, below are some key take aways for us to remember from what we learned. Below that are links to the sermons preached as part of the series.

Key Verse

James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world

  • passion for God
  • compassion for one another

As demonstrated by …

  • carrying on when things get tough (1:1 – 18)
  • listening, receiving, giving (1: 19 – 27)
  • being impartial: treat everyone the same (2: 1- 13)
  • living faith means getting involved (2: 14 – 25)
  • small things cause big upsets (3: 1 – 12)
  • approaching others’ in God’s way (3: 13 – 18)
  • “I” is not bigger than “we” or “us” (4: 1 – 12)
  • our part in God’s plan (4:13 – 5:12)
  • being connected to God’s power (5:13 – 20)

For further study

James relates to the complexities of the world in which he lives being fully at home in the world of Judaism & familiar with Greek & Roman culture. He’s on the front line

James writes from the heart – a heart that has known adversity as well as joy. He sees human nature as it is: he’s writing to a local church with big problems – intolerance, divisiveness, favouritism, the desire for wealth and status

He is deeply interested in and committed to the creation of true community and, to this end is not afraid to call sin, sin – nor he is reluctant to affirm what true faith is all about

To think about

  1. God’s goal for all of us is maturity (James 1:4 – this can also be translated as “complete or “perfect”). How can we achieve this when we face challenges of all kinds?
  2. Looking back over the whole letter, what has had the greatest impact on you?
  3. How do we remain a fellowship that can speak with knowledge and relevance to our community and still remain faithful to our Commission from Christ?
  4. What do we learn from James about “being” and “doing?” How would you explain to someone the ways in which faith and works act in harmony?
  5. How will we use what we’ve learned from James about faith and ourselves to encourage others?

The Sermons