The Epistle of James will be looked at for a few weeks.
A1 Chapter 1
D1 Servant of God
D2 Servant of Lord Jesus Christ
C2 Writing to the 12 tribes of Israel (the Christian, believing Jews, but it is applicable to all of us)
B2 Testing/Temptation (these are the trials of the Christian faith; but it may refer to the solicitation to sin, which is a trial)
C1 Attitude in: Joy
D1 Joy = cheerfulness, calmly happy
E1 An opportunity to see firsthand God's help in trouble
E2 Romans 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience.
D3 This world/life is one of trouble, for the world is cursed because of sin.
D4 Testing/Temptation comes in many different forms
E1 Spiritual temptation: to deny Christ, to make someone bitter and blame God, etc.
E2 Emotional: to depression, to be lead astray by "voices" (in reality, demonic influence), false guilt, recurring bad memories
E3 Physical: to seek pleasure, appetites, food, sleep, sex, money
E4 The three most popular gods in the world: Honors, Riches, and Pleasures
E1 Matthew 5:11 HCSB You are blessed when they insult and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me.
F1 Comment: This is a temptation to leave the faith and deny Christ.
F2 Three persecutions mentioned:
G2 Persecute, which may be verbal, financial, economic (as in our occupation), physical, spiritual, emotional, etc. or all the above
G3 Lie in every form it might be possible to lie
F3 These come against us because we are Christians
E2 1 Peter 1:6-7 GNB92 Be glad about this, even though it may now be necessary for you to be sad for a while because of the many kinds of trials you suffer. Their purpose is to prove that your faith is genuine. Even gold, which can be destroyed, is tested by fire; and so your faith, which is much more precious than gold, must also be tested, so that it may endure. Then you will receive praise and glory and honor on the Day when Jesus Christ is revealed.
F1 Comment: The results and rewards are when Jesus returns.
F2 This type of testing is not good to experience but does reveal if our commitment is genuine. Remember persecution is not just physical.
C2 James 1:2 Works Patience
D1 Happily awaiting deliverance, thus a test of faith. This is a showing of faith and hope. Faith = "God will deliver me." Hope = "I hope it will be today."
D2 Don't get in a hurry.
D3 God has a purpose waiting for God’s deliverance: James 1:4 WPNT but let that endurance have a complete work, so that you may be perfect and complete, falling short in nothing.
D4 God’s grace is always sufficient to endure: 2 Corinthians 12:9 NRSV but he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness." So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
C3 James 1:5 Wisdom: lack wisdom; don't know what to do; unsure of everything? Pray for wisdom. God will not belittle us for asking. There are no stupid questions. If we need to ask God for wisdom 100 times a day, it will not make God angry.
C4 James 1:6-8 Prayer
D1 In faith (God can do this)
D2 We cannot manipulate God with a formula, self abasement, etc.
D3 Don’t doubt.
D4 There is no guarantee to answered prayer. 1 John 5:14 NKJV Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
D5 Asking for wisdom is pleasing to God. He is the source of wisdom. Colossians 2:2-3 NKJV that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
C5 James 1:9-11 Be glad if you're poor
D1 Riches can disappear quickly.
D2 Don't put your trust in riches.
D3 This is a temptation, for we should put our trust in God, himself.
C6 James 1:12 A reward for endurance: the crown of life.
D1 There are two different crowns mentioned in New Testament Greek
E1 The first is στεφανος, stephanos which is similar to a trophy. It is given for victory or efficient service. In our case for the Christian life. This is word used in James 1:12.
E2 The second is διάδημα diadema and is a crown signifying the right and authority to rule. Thus, a king or queen would wear a diadem. This is the word used in Revelation 12:3, 13:1, and 19:12.
D2 The Crown of Life is specific for endurance, steadfastness, faithfulness in persecution of any sort. It is also in Revelation 2:10.
C7 James 1:13-15 God does not tempt people.
D1 The principle of sin is in us.
D2 That principle is "Everything is for my comfort and pleasure." This is happiness, not joy. Happiness is not a fruit of the Spirit, joy is.
D3 The cure
E1 Repent and trust in the Lord Jesus who suffered for our sins and paid our penalty
E2 Humility: God help me
E3 2 Corinthians 12:9 NKJV And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
C8 James 1:20 Our anger does not do the will of God.
D1 Anger often comes from bitterness from injustice
D2 We seek revenge. Vengeance is up to God.
D3 Need to forgive
E1 Forgiveness does not mean that God lets them off the hook
E2 It means to turn the person, situation, to God to deal with it
F1 That person may repent
F2 You can have peace and rest
C9 James 1:21 Stop sinning. (God help us).
D1 The word "lay apart" means put or lay aside and leave it.
D2 Place yourself under God’s authority, that is, God's way is the right way. I will do this with the help of God.
D3 Engrafted is to place into or plant, which might mean the Gospel, so it brings salvation, but it could also mean a remembering of a Bible verse applicable to the present situation, which if we obey, we will be delivered.
D4 Another version James 1:21 GNB So get rid of every filthy habit and all wicked conduct. Submit to God and accept the word that he plants in your hearts, which is able to save you.
E1 God implants a verse from the Bible in our mind. "Ah, that verse—O yes, I remember."
E2 We obey that Bible verse (with discernment).
E3 We will have deliverance.
C10 James 1:22-25, If only a hearer of the Bible, then it is nothing. It is the doer who is doing the will of God. Words are cheap; actions speak louder than words.
C11 James 1:23-27 One test of a true Christian
D1 Mouth control
D2 Visiting the needy, the fatherless and the widow.
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