The Book of James: The Righteous Life That God Desires

James Chapter 01: My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.” James 1:19-21

The Book of James is my all-time favorite book. The brother os Jesus is so bold and practical. He also drew so much of his letter from the teachings of Jesus, especially the Sermon on the Mount. It’s obvious that James understands the connection between nature and the spirit of our great and awesome God because he has twenty-nine references to nature in this power-packed letter to the twelve tribes of Israel! As we study the book of James together I hope you come to deeper convictions about righteousness and my prayer is for God to honor the progress in your faith and to honor everything you do in your life as you worship and serve him!

James Chapter 02: Be God’s Friend – “Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment! What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?…You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.“ James 2:13-14, 22-24 James Chapter two brings the next two tests of a true saving Faith: The Test of Impartial Love and the Test of Righteous Love. All people who claim to be Christians say they believe in Jesus and have faith, yet chapter two brings a specific definition of what the Biblical standards of belief and faith really are. Sadly more in this world reduce Biblical faith to simple agreement. We must always compare our own personal definitions of key concept words and concepts from the scriptures with the definitions we learn growing up so that we clearly understand the life-giving words of the Lord.

James Chapter 03: Be Wise and Have Understanding “The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook” Proverbs 18:4 “A fool’s talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them”  Proverbs 14:3 “Wise men store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin” Proverbs10:14 “The lips of the wise spread knowledge” Proverbs 15:7

James Chapter three brings  us two of the most revealing tests of our faith: The Test of our Tongue and the Test of Humble Wisdom. As James instructs, our ability to stay humble in our interactions coupled with what we choose to say,  what we choose NOT to say, when we choose to say it, the tone in which use speak, and the approach in which we use tells all about what lies in the deep reaches of our hearts. Without exception every feeling we have is stored in our heart. From all things stored up come every word we speak and that determines the course of our life. Have fun studying James Chapter Three, learning about where your tongue is going to take your life!

The Tests of True Faith
James 1:2-12 The Test of Perseverance During Trials
James 1:13-18 The Test of Blaming Others During Trials
James 1:19-27 The Test of Obedience: Being a Doer
James 2:1-13 The Test of Impartial Love
James 2:14-26 The Test of Righteous Works
James 3:1-12 The Test of the Tongue
James 3:13-18 The Test of Humble Wisdom
James 4:1-12 The Test of Worldly Indulgence
James 4:13-17 The Test of Dependence on God
James 5:1-11 The Test of Patient Endurance
James 5:12 The Test of Truthfulness
James 5:13-18 The Test of Prayfulness
James 5:19-20 The Test of True Faith
James and the Sermon on the Mount
James Verse Sermon on the Mount Verse Subject
James 1:2 Matt. 5: 10-12 (Luke 6:22, 23) Joy in the midst of trials
James 1:4 Matt. 5:48 God’s desire and work in us: perfection
James 1:5 Matt. 7:7 Asking God for good gifts
James 1:17 Matt. 7:11 God is the giver of good gifts
James 1:19,20 Matt. 5:22 Command against anger
James 1:22,23 Matt. 7:24-27 Contrast between hearers and doers (illustrated)
James 1:26,27 Matt. 7:21-23 Religious person whose religion is worthless
James and the Sermon on the Mount
James 2:5 Matt. 5:3 The poor as heirs of the kingdom
James 2:10 Matt. 5:19 The whole moral law to be kept
James 2:11 Matt. 5:21,22 Command against murder
James 2:13 Matt. 5:7; 6:14,15 The merciful blessed; the unmerciful condemned
James 2:14-26 Matt. 7:21-23 Dead, worthless (and deceiving) faith
James 3:12 Matt. 7:16 (Luke 6:44,45) Tree producing what is in keeping with its kind
James 3:18 Matt. 5:9 Blessing of those who make peace
James 4:2,3 Matt. 7:7 ,8 Importance of asking God
James 4:4 Matt. 6:24 Friendship with the world = hostility toward God
James 4:8 Matt. 5:8 Blessing on and call for the pure in heart
James 4:9 Matt. 5:4 Blessing and call for those who mourn
James 4:11,12 Matt. 7:1-5 Command against wrongly judging others
James 4:13,14 Matt. 6:34 Not focusing too much on tomorrow
James 5:1 (Luke 6:24,25) Woe to rich
James 5:2 Matt. 6:19,20 Moth and rust spoiling earthly riches
James 5:6 (Luke 6:37) Against condemning the righteous man
James 5:9 Matt. 5:22; 7:1 Not judging-the Judge standing at the door
James 5:10 Matt. 5:12 The prophets as examples of wrongful suffering
James 5:12 Matt. 5:33-37 Not making hasty and irreverent oaths