James Chapter 1

March 20, 2014

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on James. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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James 1:1-27 (NIV)
1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations: Greetings. 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. 9 The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. 10 But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business. 12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. 16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. 19 My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does. 26 If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 1:1-4

Trials will happen. How we deal with them has everything to do with how we see our life in Christ. Are we focused on the temporary or the eternal?

James 1:5-8

God is with us and for us. We can go to Him for wisdom on how to best handle any difficult situations we encounter. We can trust in Him and not be anxious.

Do not be anxious about anything..

James 1:9-11

Our identity is now in Christ. We are not defined by our riches or by our poverty. Success in the kingdom is not measured by our wealth or possessions. In the Kingdom of God, success is all about running the race that God has for you. It is not about striving, it is about thriving.

James 1:12-15

Temptations exist, but we do not need to give in to them. We can choose to live by doing the next right thing and He will meet us there.

James 1:16-18

God wants the best for us. Jesus came that we might have full and abundant now and forever life.

James 1:19-21

Listening well is a big part of loving well. When you really listen to someone, it demonstrates that you consider them to have value. There are not many good listeners anymore. Most people are on broadcast.

James 1:22-25

We are not only to hear the Word, we are to Do it.

James 1:26-27

Our life in Christ is not about rules and rituals, it is about loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves.

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