Plain James
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Lesson One:  Overview

James - Walk the Talk

It has been said that James is a commentary on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).  There are over 30 direct correlations. 

How would James know about the sermon?  Coincidence?

Author:  James (The Biblical baby name James is the Greek version of the Hebrew name Jacob which means supplanter, one who follows, or he who grasps the heel).
                        1.  Half-brother of Jesus
2.  Didn’t accept Jesus as Messiah (Christ, Savior) until after the resurrection
3.  First Pastor of Jerusalem

How was James a half-brother of Jesus?

 

Why do you think it took James so long to get saved?

 

How would this all have affected the family dynamics?

 

Key people:
            Abraham
            Rahab, the prostitute
            Job
            Elijah

Abraham and Rahab are in the same section.  Why would those individuals be referenced?

 

What is Job known for?

 

What are some things Elijah is known for?

 

Key Topics:
            Testing and trials
            Being doers of the Word
            Impartiality
            Faith without works is dead
            Controlling your tongue
            Avoiding worldliness

What admissions or omissions catch your attention?

 

Key verse      James 2:20
Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless?

How would you apply this verse today?


The Jesus element James 5:7-8
Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains.  You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

What is “the coming of the Lord”?

 



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