James 2:2-4 – Distinction

Review: The transforming power of the Gospel is exhibited in the life of a genuine believer, who is called to show no partiality.  James provides an example, given in 2:1-4, through which we can understand the kind of partiality that believers should not exercise. A comparison is made between the

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James 2:1 – The Sin of Partiality

Review: During his ministry, Jesus had rebuked the Pharisees for their hypocrisy. They were religious but unrighteous. This inconsistency is what we are warned against in James 1:26-27. If we are followers of Christ, our walk should be consistent with our talk. Our lives should reflect the truth we have

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James 1:26-27 – Religious or Made Righteous?

Review: Believers are called to not be mere hearers of the Word, but doers of the Word.  This truth is further emphasized in James 1:26-27.  Note the contrast between “external performance” and “internal transformation” “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart,

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James 1:16-18 – A Biblical Perspective

Introduction: God has given us the privilege of being His children (John 1:12). As his children, our faith is tested, that it might produce steadfastness for our maturity (James 1:2-4). With respect to temptations, each is “lured and enticed by his own desire,” for God himself “tempts no one” (1:13-14).

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James 1:13-15 – God and Temptation

Review: During life’s troubles, the believer gets to enjoy the intimacy of his relationship with Christ as he receives His grace to persevere  “trials” and “temptations”— same root word, which means—to test, scrutinize, to examine, to try, to entice; but, these two terms, though appearing to be similar,  are not

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James 1:6-8 – Asking in Faith

Review: God knows our inadequacies; therefore, we are exhorted to ask NOT for a solution to our problems, NOT for the removal of trials, BUT to ask for wisdom IN the midst of trials. This emphasizes our need to be dependent upon God on a moment to moment basis, and

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