An Introduction to the Epistle of James

Speaker: Pat Buttes | Category: Bible Study

If one has read James, it is immediately apparent that it is not written in the same style of Paul's writings. One major reason for this, is that two different audiences are being addressed. Paul's thirteen epistles were written to Gentiles while James was written to Messianic Jews outside Israel. James being the first of all the New Testament books was written even before Paul's first missionary journey. Hence, this gives a unique understanding of James audience being completed Jews who were the first to recognize the Messiah.


James 1:2–3 (Listen)

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.


James 1:13–14 (Listen)

13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire.


James 1:19–20 (Listen)

19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.


James 1:22 (Listen)

22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.


James 2:1 (Listen)

2:1 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory.


James 2:14 (Listen)

14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?


James 3:1–2 (Listen)

3:1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.


James 3:13 (Listen)

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.


James 4:1 (Listen)

4:1 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?


James 5:1–2 (Listen)

5:1 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten.


James 5:7–8 (Listen)

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.


James 5:13–14 (Listen)

13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.



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