Throughout the centuries, the Letter of James has proved to be an excellent refresher course in what it means to live the Christian life. It is only a few pages long. It can be read out loud in twenty minutes. It is very direct and extremely practical.
Several themes run through the Letter of James and make clear what his burden is. He writes about suffering and joy, riches and poverty, faith and works, the tongue and speech, and about wisdom and folly. In a word, he writes about the heart and life of the Christian believer.
James’s bête noire is false and hollow piety; pious platitudes are anathema to him. Faith that does not issue in good works, a holy life, concern for the needy, and a disciplined use of the tongue, is for James no faith at all.
As with other volumes in the Let’s Study series, the value of Let’s Study James is enhanced by the Group Study Guide which follows.
Table of Contents
|OUTLINE OF JAMES||xi|
|1||Experiencing Faith’s Trials (1:1-4)||1|
|2||Asking for Wisdom (1:5-11)||9|
|3||Understanding Temptation (1:12-18)||19|
|4||Obeying God’s Word (1:19-27)||31|
|5||Impartiality in the Church (2:1-13)||41|
|6||Faith That Works (2:14-26)||51|
|7||Guarding the Tongue (3:1-12)||61|
|8||Showing Heavenly Wisdom (3:13-18)||69|
|9||Avoiding Worldliness (4:1-6)||81|
|10||Expressing Repentance (4:6-12)||89|
|11||The Unpredictability of Life (4:13-17)||97|
|12||The Danger of False Riches (5:1-6)||103|
|13||Patience Until Christ Returns (5:7-12)||111|
|14||The Needs of God’s People (5:13-20)||119|
|GROUP STUDY GUIDE||129|
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About the Author
Sinclair Buchanan Ferguson held the position of the Charles Krahe chair for Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, and served as pastor to congregations in both Scotland and in the United States. A well-published author with a deep understanding of Scripture, Sinclair Ferguson books range from Child in the Manger, where Ferguson shares the true meaning of Christmas with impeccable scholarship and worshipful adoration, to From the Mouth of God, where he helps readers to trust, read and apply the lessons of the Bible as he answers questions Christians often wonder about. Sinclair Ferguson’s Sermon on the Mount has been called the “perfect blend of scholarship and inspiration…a truly valuable book” by Book Journal, while Devoted to God has been labeled as “brilliant,” one “fit to enter the rare company of the Christian classics.” Ferguson himself described material found in Devoted to God as “blueprints for sanctification.”