James

Lesson Number

Class Date

Subject

James 73

Oct 22, 17

Jas

James 72

Oct 22, 17

Jas

James 71

Oct 15, 17

Jas Doctrine of Legitimate Disobedience: The Narrow Line, continued. Biblical examples where believers violated or disobeyed governmental authority and did so with God's blessing. The Hebrew midwives (Ex 1:15ff), Moses' parents (Ex 2:1ff), Rahab (Josh 2:1ff), and Johnathan (1 Sam 20:28ff) all chose to honor God, and God, in turn, honored them.

James 70

Oct 15, 17

Jas 2:25. By deceiving the authorities and protecting the spies, did Rahab do a right thing in the wrong way? Rahab is honored in the NT, therefore we can conclude God viewed her actions as a right thing done in a right way. There is a divine requirement to obey the law, but there are exceptions. When the Sanhedrin told Peter to operate contrary to God's plan, he states "we ought to obey God rather than men." (Acts 5:29)

James 69

Oct 8, 17

Jas 2:25. Doctrine of Legitimate Disobedience to Authority. From God's viewpoint is it more accurate to describe Rahab's action as a lie, or as an act of obedience to Him? James describes what she did as righteous, how then could it be sin? The proper functioning of divine institutions depends on us being obedient citizens (Rom 13:1-7; 1 Pet 2:13-17).

James 68

Oct 8, 17

Jas 2:25; Josh 2:1-16. Study of Rahab continued. Though it would have been easy to rationalize turning the spies over to the authorities, Rahab trusted God and assisted without hesitation. Deceiving the pursuers could have cost her her life, but in obeying God she saved not only the lives of the two Hebrews, but also her own and those of her family. We need to have the courage of Rahab—a national hero.

James 67

Oct 1, 17

Communion. Jas 2:25. If you wonder how it is Rahab could be an OT saint while at the same time a prostitute, you are in company with many theologians. The answer lies in understanding the time and situation. Rahab lived in a culture far different from ours today. We cannot judge the past using current standards. After she was rescued from the degenerate Canaanite culture, she changed and is known simply as "Rahab" in the genealogy of Matthew (Mt 1:5).

James 66

Oct 1, 17

Jas 2:25; Heb 11:31. Do you seek calm waters and to stay within your comfort zone? Or like Rahab have you chosen the more difficult road in order to serve the Lord? Believers following God's will can count on opposition, but the greater the difficulty, the more evident His provision. We learn from Rahab that it isn't your past that God is interested in, but your future.

James 65

Sep 24, 17

230th Anniversary of the US Constitution—history and significance of this extraordinary document. Jas 2:25-26. Rahab had a decision to make: should she disclose the spies to the authorities or conceal them? Faithful and courageous, Rahab demonstrated, by her actions, her preexisting belief in God. By applying the doctrine in her soul and sending the spies out another way, Rahab's faith was justified.

James 64

Sep 24, 17

Jas 2:25; Josh 2:1-24. Rahab was not only a prostitute and a Gentile, but she also lied! Why did James compare this OT character to Abraham who was similarly justified by works? What is the standard to be called the friend of God? James emphasizes that it is by means of works that the believer is justified (experiential sanctification). Regardless of her background, Rahab succeeded because she put God first.

James 63

Sep 17, 17

Commissioning Day & NCBC's 12th Year Anniversary. Jas 2:24. With a corrected translation and accounting for an ellipsis, it becomes clear that James is acknowledging two different types of justification. A believer is first justified by means of faith at the moment of salvation; and like Abraham, he is also justified (or vindicated) by means of his works (application).

James 62

Sep 17, 17

Jas 2:21-23. Review of how the keyword "fulfilled" is used by James. Was Abraham called the friend of God back in Gen 15:6 in Ur, at his regeneration; or was it years later on Mt. Moriah after his faith had been exercised and brought to completion through obedience? Positional sanctification began the process; spiritual maturation fulfilled it. Jehoshaphat's prayer as a pattern of trusting in God's faithfulness to His promises (2 Chron 20:6-12).

James 61

Sep 10, 17

Jas 2:21-23. If James' topic is spiritual growth then why does he incorporate Gen 15:6 in reference to Abraham's phase I salvation? When James states that "the Scripture was fulfilled" does he mean prophetically? As Abe's faith was exercised and strengthened through years of testing, he finally arrived at spiritual maturity, demonstrated by his willingness to sacrifice Isaac. In this way the Scripture was brought to completion or "fulfilled".

James 60

Sep 3, 17

Communion. Jas 2:21; Gen 22:1-12. Lesson's Learned by Abraham continued. Obedient to the command to sacrifice Isaac, Abe learned to trust in God's ability to provide in a hopeless, helpless situation. James selects Abe as an example of how to apply the Word of God to experience. Like Abraham, we must learn to trust God for solutions and grow to spiritual maturity.

James 59

Sep 3, 17

Ps 100:1-3—it is God who made you and as Sovereign He determines your gender. Jas 2:21; Gen 21:12-16. The Lessons of Abraham reviewed and continued. In preparation for his graduation test, Abe needed to learn to trust in God's ability to provide for loved ones in desperate situations. After having fathered Ishmael, Abe faces the traumatic situation of needing to send away his son and Hagar; but God intervenes to care and provide for them.

James 58

Aug 27, 17

Jas 2:22-23. The Lord's Preparation for Abraham continued. As he endures through testing and adversities, Abe matures to the place where he is called the friend of God. He learns to trust in God's ability to overcome hopeless human conditions, in God's perfect timing, His care for the righteous, and His protection from the deadly interests of others.

James 57

Aug 27, 17

Jas 2:22. Lessons Abraham Needed to Learn to Prepare Him for the Genesis 22 Test. Abe learns to trust God's ability to provide & protect, fulfill His promises, and turn human mistakes into His purpose. Through a progression of adversities and testing, God walks Abe to the point of maturity.

James 56

Aug 20, 17

Jas 2:18-22. The Reciprocal Relationship between Faith and Works. Faith produces works, and works makes faith mature—it brings it to completion. The application of doctrine strengthens what we believe. Lessons from Abraham: The Preparation for His Test to Sacrifice Isaac. From the time he was first called, Abe needed to learn to trust in God's ability.

James 55

Aug 20, 17

Jas 2:14-21 reviewed. 2:22; Gen 22:1-14. Abraham's Final Exam: Offering Isaac. Back to his original subject of applying doctrine to trials and testing, James uses the matured patriarch's obedience as a demonstration of faith that is productive. Contrary to the objector's argument, faith and production are not separate, but work together.

James 54

Aug 13, 17

Jas 2:18-21. James checkmates the objector with an example from the Old Testament. But what did he mean that Abraham was justified by works? The Greek "dikaiow" defined, followed by example passages of its use in phases I & II salvation. James uses the word to mean "vindicated"—that our faith is validated by our application.

James 53

Aug 13, 17

Jas 2:18-20 reviewed. The objector's reductio ad absurdum argument—claiming faith cannot be made visible in works. James, however, isn't teaching that the absence of works demonstrates no faith, but that because his readers aren't applying it, the faith they have is dead.

James 52

Aug 6, 17

Communion. Jas 2:14-19. The three stages of salvation reviewed. Through the use of the Gk. diatribe, James gives voice to the objector who argues that there is no inherent connection between faith and works. To illustrate his claim—that it's impossible to show one's faith from his works—the objector falsely compares the belief of demons to Christians.

James 51

Aug 6, 17

Jas 2:14-18. An understanding of the context reviewed. The believer who has a reservoir of doctrine, but doesn't apply it, is as destitute as the poor family member who needs help, but isn't given it. James uses a straw man—"with or without works, our faith is the same"—an illogical argument from the opponent.

James 50

Jul 30, 17

Jas 2:15-17. Using the illustration of a destitute fellow believer, James teaches his readers that they need to apply the doctrine they have learned, i.e. the royal law. To have the ability to help, but provide only idle words, is an unproductive faith, and has no benefit to deliver the believer from the power of sin.

James 49

Jul 30, 17

Establishing the context of Jas 2:14. Aware of the persecution these believers are enduring, James encourages his readers to apply the Bible doctrine already resident in their souls. If they don't, their faith has no value and the result is a sinful, wasteful life. But if they do, they will advance spiritually and experience the abundant life. Word study of the Gk. sozo and soteria.

James 48

Jul 23, 17

Jas 2:14. James uses "brethren" as more than a reference to fellow believers; he is expressing an intimate, familial relationship. Does this verse teach salvation by works? Paul and James' use of "faith" contrasted. James asks what the value of Bible doctrine is in the soul, if it doesn't result in production. The three stages of salvation reviewed.

James 47

Jul 23, 17

Expanded outline of James followed by a summary review of 1:1-2:13. Understanding James' definitions—faith, saved, hearer, etc.. This elder instructs his readers to apply the Word, resulting in production in the spiritual life. He provides the DVP to testing and temptations, and commands they not show partiality.

James 46

May 28, 17

Memorial Day commemorated. Jas 2:8. The Doc. of Impersonal Love for all Mankind. This unconditional love desires the highest & best for others. It is based upon the character of the subject and reflects personal love for God.

James 45

May 28, 17

Jas 2:5. Doc. of Personal Love for God reviewed. Jn 21:1-17. Love for God is the priority which is the basis of love for all mankind. After Peter returns to his previous occupation of fishing, Jesus asks if he loves Him more than these fish. The Lord was calling P to be a fisher of men, and if P loved Him, he would serve in that calling.

James 44

May 21, 17

Doc. of Personal Love for God con't. Loving God is a command that involves the bel's complete devotion and requires humility. Obedience to the mandates of Scripture is the barometer of our love for Him. PL for God reflects our relationship w/mankind and is our motivation to love & serve others.

James 43

May 21, 17

Hal Hagameier's Grand Canyon trip report. Jas 2:5—Doc. of Personal Love for God. PL places the emphasis on the qualities of the one being loved, thereby making it subject to variation. B/c God is unchanging & perfect, He is the only safe object of our PL; the variable is the bel. The Essence of God reviewed.  Trip Report Slides

James 42

May 14, 17

Mother's Day: Wisdom personified in Pr 31. Rewards at the JS/C. The Five Crowns: Incorruptible Crown, Crown of Life, Crown of Glory, Crown of Righteousness, and the Crown of Rejoicing.

James 41

May 14, 17

Jas 2:12-13. Doc of the JS/C. The CA bel's post-salvation works will be evaluated by the LJC in heaven, immediately following the rapture. This will result in either the gain or loss of rewards. As bondservants of the LJC we are commanded to perform good works.

James 40

May 7, 17

Jas 2:13. We will desperately need mercy at the JS/C, how can we ensure that we will obtain it? By living a life of compassion—both in word & deed. The mercy we show to others will be our mercy at the JS/C. The poor man should be treated w/the same consideration as the rich.

James 39

May 7, 17

Jas 2:12. Unlike the venial sins of Roman Catholicism that class some sins as lesser violations, J's teaches that any sin makes you a lawbreaker. B/c of their merciless treatment of the poor man, his readers were in danger of being judged mercilessly at the JS/C according to the Book

James 38

Apr 30, 17

Jas 2:10-11. All sin is rejected by God; He does not allow selective obedience. Infraction of the Royal Law in one part is to break the law as a whole. James ranks the sin of partiality on the same level as murder & adultery, both of which were punishable by death under the ML.

James 37

Apr 23, 17

Jas 2:8-9. No longer under the OT dispensation, James teaches these CA bels that the Royal Law is higher than the Mosaic Law. He joins two com's—love for God (v5) & love for mankind (v8), which aspiring heirs must accomplish if they are to rule & reign w/Christ. Those who act in a prejudicial way, however, are exposed as transgressors & losing rewards for the future kingdom.

James 36

Apr 16, 17

Jas 2:8. The Royal Law—a.k.a. impersonal love for mankind, loving others as you love yourself, and the law of Christ. Mandated by the King of kings, the royal law belongs to the heirs of the kingdom, and is a highly commendable achievement in the sp life. It forbids selfish exploitation of catering to the rich & neglecting the poor.

James 35

Apr 9, 17

Jas 2:1-6. Principles of the Poor: economic status is not an indicator of spirituality; poor bels have the same sp. privilege as wealthy bels. What is the role of govt. vs. the ind. in helping the poor? Biblical Principles on Immigration: human govt. & national boundaries are est. by God. Is the Biblical stranger a legal resident or an illegal alien?

James 34

Apr 9, 17

Jas 2:5-7. Study of inheritance concluded. James emphasizes the 3rd type of inherit.—joint heirship w/Christ contingent upon the bel's love for God. Why did God create the human race and as a bel are you fulfilling that purpose? There will be a payday someday. We are commanded to serve God. J exhorts his readers to have proper spiritual priorities

James 33

Apr 2, 17

Communion. Doctrine of Heirship: Loss of Inheritance. 1 Cor 6:1-11. Paul urges the Corinthian bels to correct their conduct, as their wrongdoing is damaging their eternal future—they are losing their inheritance. Being a joint-heir w/Christ & co-ruling w/Him is a potential for the bel, dependent upon obedience & service. 

James 32

Apr 2, 17

Letter from missionaries' son J. & V. Brown. Doctrine of Heirship. 1 Cor 6:1-9. The bel's inheritance is determined by one's obedience and can be lost. The Corinthian bels are wronging one another and bringing these problems before unrighteous & unbelieving judges, rather than handling them in house and accepting the wrong. .  PowerPoint slides

James 31

Mar 12, 17

Jas 2:5 Doctrine of Heirship cont. The LJC is the heir of all things, and it is thru Him that we become heirs. It is based on redemption. When we are converted from darkness into light, we become qualified to have a share in the kingdom. The indwelling of GHS is a down payment & guarantee of the bel's inheritance, which is forever secured.

James 30

Mar 12, 17

Jas 2:5 Review of the Kingdom of God. Doctrine of Heirship: What does James mean by "heirs of the kingdom"; is there a difference b/w entering & inheriting? One is a free gift, the other a reward of possession/position in the millennium. Jesus sets the condition for the rich, young ruler that future position then, depends upon how one relates to others now (Mk 10:17ff).

James 29

Mar 5, 17

Jas 2:5 What does James mean by the Kingdom of God? Are we living in a form of it today? Christ will establish His earthly, physical kingdom & reign for 1000 yrs when He returns, but only after the Church has been raptured. The Church is not the Kingdom, nor will it bring it in, although CA bels will be citizens. How well we obey & serve the Lord today, will determine how we participate during this future time.

James 28

Mar 5, 17

Jas 2:5 Impoverished bels are qualified to be in the Kingdom, but what will they receive as an inheritance? The poor bel has great potential to be an heir, but it is contingent upon him loving God. Those who are rich in faith, who demonstrate their love thru obedience to the Lord, will be rewarded in the Kingdom w/possession & position. Pt. 1 of the Kingdom of God introduced.

James 27

Feb 26, 17

Jas 2:5 If James is using "God has chosen the poor" to refer to election, what problems does that create? The rich man has opportunities to prosper in many areas, but this poor bel has only one potential for prosperity—his spiritual growth and to contribute to his future inheritance. He is treated, however, in such a way to be hindered from doing so.

James 26

Feb 26, 17

Jas 2:5 Observations from ch 2 including if James is using the active or passive sense of "faith", what is meant by the terms "saved" and "judgment", and how the law of love is the linchpin. See how J uses the grammatical construction of the Gk "not" for emphasis. A stern reprimand is issued to this assembly for their discriminatory treatment of the helpless & needy.

James 25

Feb 19, 17

Jas 2:2-4. Is it alright to judge others on the basis of external appearance? The rich man, ostentatiously dressed, seeks to gain attention; the miserably poor man is repugnant and has nothing. The former curries special favor; the latter is oppressed. J's readers have failed the test of faith and given preferential seating to the rich, while ostracizing the poor.

James 24

Feb 19, 17

Jas 2:1 Using an example of the very wealthy & one who is poor, James commands his fellow believers to not show partiality. The battle is against HVP and training ourselves to not judge based on surface distinctions. To show favoritism or personal prejudices is to devalue the Glory of the LJC.

James 23

Feb 12, 17

Jas 1:26-27; 1 Pe 4:12-16. J gives a spiritual test for bels to evaluate if they are rightly worshipping God (i.e. religious); are you applying the Word, or simply accumulating knowledge? If you are unable to control your tongue, or for that matter, ravaged by any category of sin (fear, worry, anger, lust), and suppose yourself to be spiritual, you are deceiving yourself. In contrast to the useless sp life, is the bel who reflects right relationship w/God—he has been cleansed (1 Jn 1:9), is in fellowship, and shows compassion & care for others even when in the midst of his own hardship. We are immersed & susceptible to HVP, and must keep ourselves unstained by the cosmic system.

James 22

Feb 12, 17

Jas 1:22-25. The advancing believer makes learning Bible doctrine his highest priority. Having intently examined God's Word, he understands the promises & mandates, that they are critical to life, and sufficient for accomplishing divine good. And b/c he doesn't neglect the perfect law of freedom (i.e. the Word), but makes it effective, he is not constrained by sin (Jn 8:31f; Ro 6:5-14). Rather this practitioner's life is transformed and he is blessed—both now (inner joy) and in eternity (JSC). [v.25 "work"—Gk. ergon (n), katergazomai (vb); Php 1:6; 2:12]

James 21

Feb 5, 17

Communion. Jas 1:22-24. As bels, we can't just be hearers of the Word, we must be practitioners. Like a mirror that is designed to assist in seeing clearly, so that we may make corrections, the Bible reveals objective, DVP truth that is meant to be applied. From the Word of God we see the image of Christ, and the image of Christ should be reflected in us (2 Co 3:18). To accumulate knowledge from the Bible, but then to ignore it or believe it irrelevant is foolish. GHS is anxiously waiting to work in our lives w/the truth of God's Word, which provides answers & assurance in adversities. It can take work, but the fruits are remarkable.

James 20

Feb 5, 17

Jas 1:19-25. Why is it important to study & apply God's Word? B/c it sanctifies us in the face of trials, saving our souls from destruction caused by worry, stress etc. To run the race we must lay aside sins (He 12:1) and have our thinking transformed by doctrine (Ro 12:1). Humility is needed to receive the Word (Ps 25:8f), that is—objectivity, authority orientation, & teachability. J makes a distinction b/w the inept bel who is limited to an academic understanding of the Word ("hearers only"), vs. the bel who applies & obeys the Word ("doers"), producing fruit as he endures thru adversity. Arrogance Skills: self-absorption, self-indulgence, self-justification, & self-delusion.

James 19

Jan 29, 17

Jas 1:19-21. James links the positional truth of v18 (regeneration) to experiential truth in v19 (how we must respond to adversity—the interpretive key to the book). During trials it is natural to want to talk or complain, but J commands us to be quick to pay attention to the Word of God, and hesitant to speak (Pr 10:19; 13:3). Slow to anger refers to emotional impulses (Eph 4:31; Col 3:8), including mental att. & verbal sins, which can devastate our spiritual lives & relationships. Before we can accept w/humility the doctrine in our souls—which is able to deliver (stage II) from temporal death—we need renounce our sinful tendencies, moving beyond confession.

James 18

Jan 22, 17

Jas 1:16-20. The new birth is an example of a "good & perfect gift." Regeneration is the only hope for man's deceitful heart (Je 17:9f; Ti 3:5). Paul's use of firstfruits (Ro 8:22f; 1 Co 15:20) compared to James—CA bels are the firstfruits of God's future glorified creation. 3 admonitions for behaving under adversity: quick to hear, slow to speak & slow to wrath. A willingness to listen to the Word of God is essential for enduring testing. Bels are to produce God's +R in their life; anger is counterproductive to this. 

James 17

Jan 15, 17

Jas 1:16-18. We are all our own worst enemy being led astray by our sin nature, deluding ourselves and seeking to blame others or God. The DVP response is to claim personal responsibility for temptation, recognizing our private lusts as the source. Contrary to causing us to sin, God is the generous and flawless giver of gifts. And although He designed the celestial bodies to undergo variations (the Father of lights), God's giving is w/o fluctuation—His gifts are always good & perfect.

James 16

Jan 8, 17

Jas 1:14-15. The LJC meant for us to have His joy thru hardships, not to be miserable. Desire (Gk. epithumia) is the mother of sin, but is not itself sin until united w/volition. Once you have made the decision to sin, mating lust & will, it brings forth temporal death (i.e. broken fellowship w/God which is restored thru confession). Categories of Death: Spiritual (Ro 5:12; Eph 2:1), Physical (Ro 8:38; 1 Cor 15:22; Phil 1:21), Second (Re 20:14), Temporal (Ro 8:6, 13), Positional (Ro 6:1-14), and Sexual (Ro 4:19).

James 15

Jan 8, 17

Jas 1:13-15. The DVP Response to Temptation (peirasmos in the subjective sense—meaning the internal inclination). James uses the trials of 1:2 (objective use of peirasmos), which are designed for our benefit, and commands that we not blame God for tempting us to sin b/c of the hardship. Our sin nature is the source of temptation, a seduction from within, never God who cannot be tempted by evil. We sin of our own choice, acting independently of God & in violation of His character. Homosexuality can be blamed on neither genetics, environment or God. Ga 5:16.

James 14

Dec 11, 16

Highlights from the 25th Anniv. Pre-Trib Study Group Conf. including the Times of the Gentiles, the necessity of a Literal-Historical-Grammatical Hermeneutic, the Inerrancy of Scripture, and Israel & God's Plan for the Future. Particular attention given to the presentation "One Minute after the Rapture": There will be rejoicing and renewal for the believer, but devastation and demonic deception for those who are left behind. 1 Th 4:13-17.

James 13

Dec 11, 16

Jas 1:12; 2 Co 5:10; Re 2:25f; 3:5,21- rewards for overcomers who remain steadfast. The JSC is not for sin, but will be a performance evaluation of how well each CA believer executed God's plan for his life. Crowns are potential and earned, not guaranteed. They include: Incorruptible (1 Co 9:25), Rejoicing (1 Th 2:19), Righteousness (2 Ti 4:8), Glory (1 Pe 5:4), and Life (Jas 1:12; Re 2:10). Those who are obedient through the testing, who demonstrate their love for the Lord by faithfully enduring and trusting in Him, once approved, are promised the Crown of Life. Jn 8:31; 14:15.

James 12

Dec 4, 16

Jas 1:12. In its objective sense, peirasmos (Gk) refers to the external trial or pressure (1:2,12); subjectively to the internal enticement ("tempted" of 1:13). The believer who successfully endures the testing, thereby proving his spiritual character, will in turn be approved (Gk. dokimos) at the JSC and receive reward. At this future evaluation we will be assessed as the Lord's servants according to our works, good or bad, determining our position in the Millennium. Ro 14:10-13; 1 Co 3:12-15; 9:24-27; 2 Co 5:10; 1 Jn 2:28f.

James 11

Nov 27, 16

Ps 100- Giving Thanks to God. Jas 1:12. Enduring adversities, while maintaining focus on the Lord, positions us to receive rewards. Love for God, as expressed thru the application of His Word, enables us to persevere. God blesses the believer, who successfully endures trials, w/an inner happiness based upon the immutable stability of doctrine. To realize this happiness we must transition to spiritual adulthood, obediently applying His Word while remaining under the pressure. 1 Co 10:13.

James 10

Nov 13, 16

Jas 1:9-11. As a divine response to testing both poor & rich believers alike are commanded to rejoice. The poor & lowly, because thru the adversity God is developing his character, and for his spiritual riches in Christ (Eph 1:3); and the rich in his reversal of fortune (humiliation) as the details of life disappear. God gives testing in order that both rich & poor might experience the spiritual peace, stability, and happiness of endurance & spiritual maturity.

James 9

Nov 6, 16

Communion; Jas 1:5-6. In praying for wisdom, it is imperative that we do so w/confidence. Either we operate on the basis of faith or we doubt that God will provide. The believer who doubts is unstable & will not have his prayers answered. Knowing God's promises is vital to spiritual growth & maturity; we cannot apply what we do not know (2 Pe 1:2-4). B/c the Lord is our Shepherd, there is nothing we lack; He is our Guide, Sustainer, Protector, and constant Companion. The Word of God restores & heals our soul (Ps 23:1-3).

James 8

Oct 30, 16

Reformation Day; Faith Rest Drill Procedure 1) Claim a Biblical promise to stabilize your soul, 2) Circulate the promise in your soul until it becomes more real than the problem, replacing the problem w/the promise, 3) Connect the promise to the problem & formulate a doctrinal rationale/ Essence of God rationales reviewed, 4) Come to a doctrinal conclusion so you can rest. Promises cited in the lesson: Ge 18:25; Jos 1:9; 1 Sa 17:47; Pr 3:5,6; Is 41:10; Lk 1:37; Ro 8:28, 31; Php 4:6; 1 Pe 5:7. God wants us to trust Him & believe His promises. God has the solution.

James 7

Oct 23, 16

Ps 5; Jas 1:5; Principles of Happiness & Prayer: Happiness must be based not on circumstances, people, or things, but on our relationship w/God and our application of Bible doctrine. Thinking grounded in the Word results in inner stability & tranquility even in great difficulty. Effective prayer is a potent weapon in combating adversity and should be the highest priority after learning Bible doctrine. Believers are commanded to devote themselves to this grace provision, opening the door to intimate communication w/the Father for confession, praise, thanksgiving & supplication. Ro 12:12; Phil 4:19; Col 4:2; 1 Th 5:17; Jas 4:2f

James 6

Oct 16, 16

Ps 142; Jas 1:4-5; Enduring adversity is designed to take us to a higher level of spiritual maturity. It depends not only on having a ready reservoir of Bible doctrine, but also the skill to know how to apply it (what James refers to as 'wisdom'). We are to be Christians that are not deficient in spiritual resources, but equanimous and strengthened to accomplish the work that God has planned for us. If we need help in applying doctrine or considering it joy, James commands we pray; God will assist us generously & graciously. Mt 6:25-33; Eph 4:32ff; Phil 4:19; Heb 4:16

James 5

Oct 9, 16

Jas 1:3; Why We Can Count It Joy: The Benefits & Purposes of Testing. Trials assay the quality of our faith (that is, what we believe-the Bible doctrine in our soul), providing the opportunity to apply what we have learned. Adversity serves as a supercharger to refine our application, purge impurities, build endurance & strengthen our faith. The Lord hand selects the testing we receive in order to move us forward on our advance to spiritual maturity.

James 4

Oct 2, 16

Communion; Jas 1:2; Consider It Nothing But Joy! Testing is either allowed or directed by God for our benefit, helping us to grow & prepare for more advanced challenges. Believers armed w/this knowledge can face unexpected and undeserved trials w/composure and tranquility, avoiding anger, self-pity or blaming others. Testing reveals our spiritual character and determines if we are ready to advance. 1 Pe 1:6f

James 3

Sep 25, 16

Jas 1:1-2; This profound & authoritative letter, more practical than it is theological, was written ~45 BC. James' dispersed Jewish Christian readers needed encouragement to persevere in the spiritual life while enduring great pressure. His succor came by way of command: Divinely administered testing must be considered beneficial & a joy, a mental attitude achieved through the doctrine resident in their soul.

James 2

Sep 18, 16

Authorship: James, the half-brother of Jesus, in the Davidic line; did not become a believer until after Jesus' resurrection; leading elder & pillar of the early church; bold & authoritative in his teaching, humble & dedicated in his service; martyred 62AD; Jude (author of Jd) & James were brothers; Mt 13:55; Jn 7:5; Ac 12:17; 1 Co 15:7; Ga 1:19, 2:9; Jud 1.

James 1

Sep 11, 16

The general epistle James contains a practical message for all Church Age believers living in the cosmic system, providing objectivity, orientation to life & comfort. Packed w/54 imperatives, James serves as a "how-to" guide for the Christian life. Swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath (1:19) encapsulates the book's outline. Its theme, perseverance in times of testing, was fitting for its Jewish Christian recipients undergoing persecution.