Friday, June 13, 2014

Posted by Niki |
Knowing all that we know now, what’s the book of James about?

The book of James is different from most New Testament books. James approached his audience as already being believers of the gospel as opposed to trying to get them to believe it. James wanted to make sure that his audience fully understood the implications of living it out. He was concerned with showing his readers how to live practically with Jesus. He wanted people to understand that faith is foundational, but it must be genuine, proven, and lived out if it’s going to amount to anything. Hebrews 11:1 gives us the definition of faith. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

James 1:22 sums up the entire meaning of this small but mighty book of the Bible. “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” According to the [expanded] Bible, it says “Do what God’s teaching says; when you only listen and do nothing, you are fooling yourselves.”

It is beyond the time that we as Christians start putting actions behind our words. We have said it over and over again that you are the only Bible some people read. You have a living God in your lives, so why not show them a living, breathing, MOVING God who isn’t just words.


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