This letter was written by James, the brother of Jesus, who was a leader of the Jerusalem church (cf. Acts 15:13–29; Gal. 2:12). It may date from the late A.D. 40s, just after persecution scattered the members of the new movement (James 1:1; cf. Acts 8:1–3). If so, James would be the earliest of the New Testament letters. James’ focus was on how faith is to be expressed in a believer’s life. He concentrated on such issues as facing trials, dealing with temptation, showing favoritism, taming the tongue, patience, and prayer. The book continues to serve as a reminder that our faith is also a way of life, and as a guide to putting our faith into practice.
OUTLINE OF CONTENTS
|I.||Practicing Faith||James 1:1–2:13|
|II.||Principles of Faith||James 2:14–26|
|III.||Problems for Faith||James 3–4|
|IV.||Prospects for Faith||James 5|