Pressure is nothing new. James, the half-brother of Jesus, wrote to Jewish Christians in the first century who faced intense pressure. They had been dispersed because of persecution, and they faced increasing pressure to let faith live only in their heads instead of being evidenced in their lives. James beckoned these first believers to let pressure push them deeper in their journey with Jesus. Today, James invites believers to open their lives to the truth of God’s Word and learn how to have a practical faith as we deal with the pressure of Christian living.
Part 1 - Trials And Temptations
Our belief in Jesus and His calling on our lives dictates how we act therefore we should stop compromising with worldly values and behaviour and give ourselves wholly to the Lord.
Part 2 - Speak No Evil, Do No Evil
When we are tempted and fall it is easy to offer excuses or to blame others for our poor actions. James is showing us that there is another way which comes by taking responsibility for our actions and trusting in Jesus for spiritual strength.
Part 3 - Don't Play Favourites
God doesn’t show favourites and neither should we.
Part 4 - Faith That Works
Our faith works.
Part 5 - Showing Restraint
As those who are called to live our faith we need to restrain our tongues. To do so takes the use of heavenly wisdom.
Part 6 - Submission To God
The call in this chapter is to submit to God through the way we speak to each other and through the way we speak to God.
Part 7 - Being Patient
We will be faced with situations of oppression in life. Rather than respond with retaliation we are called to be patient.
Part 8 - Being Prayerful
James calls us to pray in all circumstances … for ourselves as well as for each other. This is a means by which we can help each other not wonder from the truth.