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James

A study of the Letter of James


James 2:5-13:Loving God and the Law of Liberty - Part 1

August 10, 2017

We return to the second chapter of James in this study beginning with a discussion on loving God and continuing with a discussion of living under and being judged by the law of liberty.


James 2:5-13:Loving God and the Law of Liberty - Part 2

August 10, 2017

We return to the second chapter of James in our study tonight beginning with a discussion on loving God and continuing with a discussion of living under and being judged by the law of liberty.


James 2:12-14: Judgment and Mercy

August 17, 2017

This study returns to James with a review of last week's discussion about loving God followed by James' reference to judgment and mercy.


James 2:12-16: Judgment, Mercy, Faith, and Works - Part 1

August 24, 2017

In this study, we touch again upon judgment, mercy, and the law of liberty which sets the stage for James discussion on faith and works.  We then look at illustrations of mercy, faith, and works in Proverbs and Ruth.


James 2:12-16: Judgment, Mercy, Faith, and Works - Part 2

August 24, 2017

In this study, we touch again upon judgment, mercy, and the law of liberty which sets the stage for James discussion on faith and works.  We then look at illustrations of mercy, faith, and works in Proverbs and Ruth.


James 2:12-23: Fruitful and Fruitless Faith - Part 1

August 31, 2017

We continue through James chapter two and the discussion of works and faith.  We spend time comparing Paul, James, and John, digress briefly on Anti-Christs, and conclude discussing friendship with God.


James 2:12-23: Fruitful and Fruitless Faith - Part 2

August 31, 2017

We continue through James chapter two and the discussion of works and faith.  We spend time comparing Paul, James, and John, digress briefly on Anti-Christs, and conclude discussing friendship with God.


James 2:24-26: Faith and Works in James and Paul - Part 1

September 7, 2017

This study looks at how James may be intentionally clarifying abuse of Paul's writings about faith and works and how their writings are complementary rather than contradictory.  We review the story of Rahab as referenced by James.  We observe how James portrays a progression of faith and then look how Peter outlines a progression of faith in II Peter chapter 1.  In our discussion of II Peter 1, we introduce commentaries as a Bible study aid.


James 2:24-26: Faith and Works in James and Paul - Part 2

September 7, 2017

This study looks at how James may be intentionally clarifying abuse of Paul's writings about faith and works and how their writings are complementary rather than contradictory.  We review the story of Rahab as referenced by James.  We observe how James portrays a progression of faith and then look how Peter outlines a progression of faith in II Peter chapter 1.  In our discussion of II Peter 1, we introduce commentaries as a Bible study aid.


James 2 and The Progression of Faith in II Peter - Part 1

September 14, 2017

We continue our exploration of James' demonstration of faith in James 2 as something that progresses into works by seeing how this is echoed in II Peter chapter 1.  Along the way, we discuss the cost of discipleship and the steps of progressing on to spiritual perfection.


James 2 and The Progression of Faith in II Peter - Part 2

September 14, 2017

We continue our exploration of James' demonstration of faith in James 2 as something that progresses into works by seeing how this is echoed in II Peter chapter 1.  Along the way, we discuss the cost of discipleship and the steps of progressing on to spiritual perfection.


James 3:1: Good Teachers and Bad Teachers - Part 1

September 21, 2017

In this study, we discuss our responsibilities to our teachers and leaders, their responsibility to us, and how to deal with good and bad teachers in the Church.  We address the importance of the Oral Tradition and teaching as we have been taught.  We also touch on the difference between information and formation and the idea that we must know God in order to make Him known.


James 3:1: Good Teachers and Bad Teachers - Part 2

September 21, 2017

In this study, we discuss our responsibilities to our teachers and leaders, their responsibility to us, and how to deal with good and bad teachers in the Church.  We address the importance of the Oral Tradition and teaching as we have been taught.  We also touch on the difference between information and formation and the idea that we must know God in order to make Him known.


James 3:2-6: Proper Use of the Tongue - Part 1

September 28, 2017

After a question about faith and works, we look at James' discussion of our speech in James 3:2-6 both positive and negative — when to speak and when not to speak.  We finally begin to explore the history of the word Gehenna for Hell.


James 3:2-6: Proper Use of the Tongue - Part 2

September 28, 2017

After a question about faith and works, we look at James' discussion of our speech in James 3:2-6 both positive and negative — when to speak and when not to speak.  We finally begin to explore the history of the word Gehenna for Hell.


James 3:6-13: Gehenna, Controlling God, and Proper Speech - Part 1

October 12, 2017

This study covers James 3:6-13 dealing with the dangers of the tongue and beginning a discussion about wisdom. However, we take several digressions to discuss the history of the word Gehenna, religious practices in Canaan, how we can pervert Christianity into similar religious practices, the danger of judging Christ our teacher when we judge each other, and Hebrew expressions passed through Greek and then into English.


James 3:6-13: Gehenna, Controlling God, and Proper Speech - Part 2

October 12, 2017

This study covers James 3:6-13 dealing with the dangers of the tongue and beginning a discussion about wisdom. However, we take several digressions to discuss the history of the word Gehenna, religious practices in Canaan, how we can pervert Christianity into similar religious practices, the danger of judging Christ our teacher when we judge each other, and Hebrew expressions passed through Greek and then into English.


James 3:13-14: Trials, Faith, Teachers, Two Different Wisdoms, and Self-Honesty - Part 1

October 19, 2017

This study begins with several instances of sharing on the topic of perfection, completion, trials, and faith and then a question about Abraham's faith when offering Isaac.  We return to the topic of teachers with a quote from Pope Gregory the Great and the proceed from where we left off in James 3:13-14 discussing the two wisdoms and the need to be honest with one's self.


James 3:13-14: Trials, Faith, Teachers, Two Different Wisdoms, and Self-Honesty - Part 2

October 19, 2017

This study begins with several instances of sharing on the topic of perfection, completion, trials, and faith and then a question about Abraham's faith when offering Isaac.  We return to the topic of teachers with a quote from Pope Gregory the Great and the proceed from where we left off in James 3:13-14 discussing the two wisdoms and the need to be honest with one's self.


James 3:13-16: The Two Wisdoms and Peter's Humbling - Part 1

October 26, 2017

We continue our examination of the two wisdoms in James 3 using examples in Paul's letters to the Corinthians and Peter's interaction with Jesus at the end of the Gospel according to John.




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