-- STARTING FEBRUARY 15, 2018 --
The Epistle of James was written by a man who identifies himself simply as "James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ". But who was this James? His letter is one of the most quoted books in the entire Bible. It's filled with famous phrases and quotations that often make their way into Christian conversations. It is an intensely practical book, filled with exhortations to Christians about the way they should live their lives now that they have been given new life in Jesus. It is filled with allusions to and quotations of the teaching of Jesus, and it includes more imperatives (commands) per word than any other New Testament book. For these reasons, James has been called "the Proverbs of the New Testament".
James is therefore highly relevant to the Christian life. Unlike many of the other books of the New Testament, James's aim is not to give a theological presentation of the gospel. Rather, he writes his book to those who already believe the gospel, and his goal is to help them live faithfully as followers of Jesus. There are many themes in the book of James -- perseverance under trial, riches and poverty, wisdom, the danger of the tongue, prayer, and faith and works. What ties them all together is James's desire to take the teaching of Jesus and apply it to the Christian's personal life.
Beginning February 15, we start a 10-week bible study in the Epistle of James. We meet on Thursday evenings at 6:30 PM in the Metropolis Building (9089 Foothills Blvd. #940) for dinner, followed by worship and a short teaching before we break into small groups for discussion and encouragement. Our prayer is that our lives would be transformed as we study and seek to apply the simplicity and straightforwardness contained in this incredible letter. Come join us, everyone is welcome. We hope to see you there!