Sermon Archives: James Sermons

The book of James is one of the harder books to understand in the New Testament. This was a difficult book to preach, but I found the the theology of James very edifying.

The Prayer of the Righteous (James 5:13-20)

Sep 14, 2007

Thank you for downloading our podcast published on May 6th, 2007. The book of James is about entering into the land of Canaan. The greatest thing that someone can do is entering into this holy land. So how does one know if they will enter? James say that there is the prayer of faith will […]

Saying Goodbye or Saying Hello? (James 5:13-16)

Sep 14, 2007

Thank you for downloading our Podcast published on April 29th, 2007. When Christ enters history we know that history can never be the same. Why can it not be the same? It is not the same because there is a healing that comes with Jesus Christ. However, what is this healing? Is this healing a […]

The Patience of Job (James 5:7-12)

Sep 14, 2007

Thank you for downloading our Podcast published on April 22nd, 2007. James tells us that the Lord is compassionate and merciful in 5:11. We do not take issue with this statement as we affirm compassion and mercy being true about God. However, in this particular context of suffering, it sounds strange that the Lord is […]

Woe to Weak Wealthy (James 4:13-5:6)

Sep 14, 2007

James states in 4:9 that we are to be wretched, weep, and mourn. Here in this section James states something similar for the rich. However, in this section James gives the declaration that the rich are going to mourn because of the judgment that is coming upon them. If we are those who are to […]

Judging the Law (James 4:11-12)

Sep 14, 2007

James makes reference to Leviticus 19 dealing with judging one another within the context of Israel. Why would James refer to this passage as an inspired writer laying out the law of liberty? What is the significance of judgment within the community in light of our identity being in Christ? Please stay tuned as we […]

The Staccato Warning (James 4:6-10)

Sep 14, 2007

Continue to fight the good fight is what Paul says to Timothy. However, Christ rebukes Peter for drawing his sword. Is there a contradiction that we see between Paul and Jesus? Is James agreeing with Paul in this contradiction? Well, this week we see that in James there is the series of fast firing warnings […]

Not Peace but Division? (James 4:1-6)

Sep 14, 2007

The Lord of the kingdom of peace states that he does not come to bring peace, but division. This is a rather strange statement for Christ to say in Luke 12, but Christ is drawing the contrast between the peace of this age and the peace of the age to come. They do not intersect […]

Who is Wise? (James 3:13-18)

Sep 14, 2007

James begins this section with the question, "Who is wise in understanding among you? This is a question that is directed to the body of Christ that sojourns in this age. James gives the answer by defining what wisdom is not and then gives the declaration of a realization of heaven's power now in this […]

Untamable Tongue (James 3:1-12)

Aug 29, 2007

James says that we all stumble in many ways. However, James also says that no human being can tame their tongue. James then concludes, "My brothers these things ought not to be." If no human can tame their tongue then what is the point of trying? Or why even continue on the way to Canaan […]

Justified by Works? (James 2:14-26)

Aug 29, 2007

James says "that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone." This sounds like James is contradicting Paul by claiming that our works are the basis or at least part of the basis for our entrance into this heavenly Canaan. Is this what James is saying or is there something more significant […]

The law of liberty (James 2:8-13)

Aug 29, 2007

Moses on Mount Nebo is the prophet who failed to heed the word of the Lord. He was told to speak to the Rock in Numbers 20, but instead he struck the rock in anger. Moses dying outside the land of Canaan is the consequence of the "do this and live ethic". James cites the […]

For Richer or Poorer (James 2:1-7)

Aug 29, 2007

The prophet Amos speaks of the Lord bringing his judgment against the nations and even Israel herself. Despite this warning, there is the note of comfort in chapter 9. Amos assures the Israelites that the Lord has not set aside His covenant to Abraham for He will see to it that people from the nations […]

Mirroring our Inheritance (James 1:19-27)

Aug 28, 2007

Moses told Israel that Israel will be a holy Nation and they will be a priestly people. The prophets came to the Isrealites telling them that they have fallen away because they did not care for the poor, the orphans, and the widows. Is James saying the same thing to the Church or is James […]

Contrasting Births (James 1:13-18)

Aug 28, 2007

The apostle Paul exhorts the saints in light of the Holy Spirit being present in them. For the apostle Paul we live in the power of the age to come as we are grounded in Christ. James is doing something very similar, but with a different emphasis. For the apostle Paul entering the age to […]

The Refining Fire of Steadfastness (James 1:2-12)

Aug 28, 2007

We are all familiar with the popular slogan, "Don't Worry Be Happy." James tells us to consider it a joy to undergo trials. Is James merely telling us to smile and the trials will go away? Or is there more to the substance of his statement. Please stay tuned as we listen to "The Refining […]

The Epistle of Straw? (James 1:1)

Aug 28, 2007

Martin Luther called the book of James an Epistle of Straw. Luther did not think that this book belonged in the canon of scripture. However, when we understand the implications of "the Lord Jesus Christ" we will see that James has a consistent view of the realization of the blessings of Christ even as we […]