The Book of James teaches us how to practically live our Christian life in a manner that is acceptable and pleasing to God. Though written in the early to mid 40's AD, it is a most practical and relevant book for us in this, the 21st century.
Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. . . . But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.
James 1:19-20 & 22-24
A few months ago, I decided to change the way I studied my Bible. Rather than just to read through the entire Bible once a year or so, I began to look in more depth at individual books. Because it was easy to read through each day, I began with the book of James. After reading the book, I turned to one of my favorite theologians of by-gone days, Charles Simeon.
Charles Simeon was an Anglican theologian who lived from the late 1700's to the early 1800's. His contemporaries and good friends were the Wesley brothers. In an attempt to aid new ministers, he wrote a series of books entitled Horae Homileticae. They are available at from both Kindle and Nook for an unbelievably modest price. ($1.00 each for 7 volumes from Kindle.)
He calls his work sermon skeletons and were to help new ministers understand how to frame proper sermons. Covering all of the Bible, this is quite a treasure of works still available to us today. I have found them to be easy reading and amazingly contemporary even in this, the 21st century.
By working slowly through the Charles Simeon works and continuing to also read the book of James each day, I have gained an amazing new appreciation of this book. And, it has changed my life! So, I would like to share this experience with my dear readers by doing this series on the book of James. I trust you will find it valuable in your own walk with the Lord.
God Bless You,