James for Beginners

James: Teaching Teachers’ Tongues

In this lesson, James reviews both the qualifications and results that Christian teachers should aspire to. In his letter, James is describing the Christian lifestyle and what type of attitude and conduct believers should have in various situations. Therefore, you have profited from this book so far if, as a Christian: You have faced recent trials with patience and joy knowing that God is maturing your faith through these. You have faced and responded to temptation with Christian action that…

James: Michael Jackson and James

Michael Jackson’s old song, “Black or White” reflects the attitude that James says Christians should have towards other people. In Michael Jackson’s 1991 album,¬†Dangerous, he sings a song entitled¬†Black or White. In it he repeats the words, “It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white,” promoting the idea that he did not want to judge or be judged based on skin color. These lyrics capture the spirit of what James is saying in the section of his epistle which we…

James: The Bottom Line

This section in the Book of James defines the type of thinking and behavior that constitutes the “bottom line” in what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. There has always been debate over various issues in the religious world. Our brotherhood is no different. Our journals and books are filled with passionate arguments over topics such as proper elements of worship, methods of evangelism and approaches to biblical interpretation. The early church was not free from this…

James: Dealing with the Dragon

Sin is everybody’s problem and in this lesson Mike reviews the true tested method that James provides to successfully deal with the everyday temptations to sin. The book of James was written to Christian Jews in order to help them learn how to live the Christian life. The lessons here are easily transported to our lives today in helping us learn the Christian lifestyle as well. In the previous chapter I said that one of the features of the Christian…

James: Beyond the Trouble

James explains the radically different way Christians deal with trouble in life, and why they do so. The author of this epistle is James, the earthly brother of Jesus, not the Apostle James. then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; – I Corinthians 15:7 He was a leader in the church at Jerusalem and was writing to Christian Jews living outside of Jerusalem who were growing weak in their faith. In this letter he explains that Christians…

James: Christianity – More Than Ceremony

This introductory lesson reviews the author, date written and general purpose for this practical book on Christian living. If you were to ask people to define or explain the word “religion” they would probably describe the organizations and ceremonies carried out by various church groups. This is probably why younger people say that they are spiritual but not religious, because they no longer relate to the various rituals and observances practiced by the large denominations in this country. By spiritual…