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James

TRUE FAITH

The title given to this book is true faith due to the fact that it lays out the things that mark a genuine and sincere faith in God.  The relationship between faith and works is a central theme of the letter, and thus, the content of the book, in many ways, is James’ way of revealing the work that truly marks a genuine faith and real transformation.  I believe james would be comfortable with the assertion:  a Christian that does no live like a Christian, consistently and habitually, is simply not a Christian.  Written to believers that appear to have had difficulties with loving one another, bad-mouthing each other, loving money and those who had it, thinking they’ve got it all figured out, and quitting on God for trivial reasons, as well as real difficulties, James challenges his readers to live out their faith, laying out what that should look like.

OUTLINE

One could frame the book in terms of True faith being:

I.  Enduring Faith (1:1-18)

          A.  The Attitude of Enduring Faith:  Joy (1:2)

          B.  The Goal of Enduring Faith:  Maturity/Completion (1:3-4)

          C.  The Request of Enduring Faith:  Wisdom (1:5-8)

          D.  The Great Obstacle to Enduring Faith:  Money (1:9-11)

          E.  The Reward of Enduring Faith:  Life (1:12)

          F.  Responsibility for Not Having Enduring Faith:  My Own (1:13-18)

II.  Obedient Faith (1:19-1:27)

          A.  The Key to Obedient Faith:  Listening AND Doing (1:19-25)

          B.  Three Examples of Obedient Faith (1:26-27)

                    1.  A Bridled Tongue (1:26)

                    2.  Care for Widows and Orphans (1:27a)

                    3.  Purity (1:27b)

III.  Loving Faith (2:1-4:3)

          A.  Love’s It’s Rich Neighbor as Well as It’s Poor Neighbor (2:1-13)

                     1.  Command Against Favoritism (2:1)

                     2.  Illustration of Favoritism (2:2-4)

                     3.  Reasons Faoritism is Wrong (2:5-13)

                               i.  Ignores Who God Realy Is:  One Who Cares for the

                                   Unlovable (

                              ii.  Ignores Who They Really Are:  Ones Who Oppose God and

                                   His Ways (

                             iii.  Ignors Who You Really Are:  Those Called to Love (

          B.  Faith and Deeds (2:14-26)

                    1.  Argument Against Faith Without Works (2:14-20)

                              i.  Worthlessness of Empty Words (2:14)

                             ii.  Worthlessness of Good Intentions (2:15-17)

                            iii.  Worthlessness of Mere Acknowledgement (2:18-20)

                    2.  Argument for Faith with Works (2:21-26)

                               i.  Nature of Justification (2:21)

                              ii.  Faith as Dynamic (2:22-25)

                             iii.  Faith as Alive (2:26)

                    3.  Pure Speech (3:1-12)

                                i.  The Seriousness of the Tongue (

                               ii.  The Power of the Tongue (

                              iii.  The Uncontrollable Nature of the Tongue (

                              iv.  The Hypocrisy of the Tongue (

                    4.  Peace (3:13-18)

                                i.  Human Wisdom:  Motivation, Charactersitics, Results (3:13-16)

                               ii.  Godly Wisdom:  Motivation, Charactersitics, Results (3:17-18)

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