The Book of James

Who is James?  –  There are four James mention in the New Testament; James the father of Judas (not Iscariot); James, the son of Alphaeus elsewhere called James the less and was also one of the twelve disciples; James the son of Zebedee also a disciple was mattered in A.D. 44, so he is most likely the author; then there is James, the Lords brother. Tradition says the author was a prominent figure.

There are some similarities between the writings in the Book of James and the letter written by the council in Acts 15: 23-29.

What is the Book of James about?  –  Faith without works cannot be called faith. Faith without works is dead, and a dead faith is worse than no faith at all. Faith must work, it must produce, and it must be visible.

Faith must be there; Faith endures trials; Faith obeys the Word; Faith produces doers; Faith harbors no prejudice; Faith displays itself in works; Faith controls the tongue; Faith acts wisely; Faith produces separation from the world and submission to God; and finally, Faith waits patiently for the coming of the Lord.

The book is broken into three parts Test of Faith; Characteristics of Faith; Triumph of Faith. The bible study is written in the form of questions, which you can do by yourself or in a group. I hope you enjoy.

 

James Chapter 1

Who am I

The buck stops here. I am responsible for my past and my future.

I will seek wisdom. I will be a servant to others

I am a person of action. I seize the moment I choose now.

I have a decided heart. My destiny is assured.

Today I choose to be happy. I am the possessor of a grateful spirit.

I will greet this day with a forgiving spirit. I will forgive myself.

I will persist without exception. I am a person of great faith.