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James - Part 2

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Lesson

Beginning in Chapter 3, James emphasizes the power of your words and the importance of controlling what you say. He also addresses the importance of wisdom, treating the poor with compassion, praying for each other and knowing and being able to accurately teach the gospel.

Outline

I. FAITH TESTED BY ITS PRODUCTION OF SELF-CONTROL 3:1-12

A. Responsibility of Teachers 1

B. The Test for Maturity 2

C. The power of the Tongue 3-5

D. The Evil Nature of the Tongue 6-8

E. The Hypocrisy of the Tongue 9-12

II. FAITH TESTED BY ITS APPROPRIATION OF TRUE WISDOM 3:13-18

A. The Demonstration of Wisdom 13

 

B. The Character of Earthly Wisdom 14-16

C. The Character of Heavenly Wisdom 17-18

III. FAITH TESTED BY ITS REACTION TO WORLDLINESS 4:1-10

A. Manifestations of Worldliness 1-5

B. The Remedy for Worldliness 6-10 V. 8 is the key!

IV. FAITH TESTED BY ITS AVOIDANCE OF SLANDER 4:11-12

A. The Exhortation: Stop what is going on! 11a

B. The Reasons: 11b-12

V. FAITH TESTED BY ITS AVOIDANCE OF PRESUMPTUOUS PLANNING 13-17

VI. FAITH TESTED BY ITS REACTION TO INJUSTICE 5:1-11

A. The rich are condemned 1-3

B. Their conduct is described 4-6

C. The poor and oppressed are encouraged 7-11

VI. FAITH TESTED BY ITS CONSISTENT HONESTY 5:12

VII. FAITH TESTED BY ITS RESORT TO PRAYER 13-18

A. The power of prayer 14-15

B. The prerequisite for prayer 16

C. The example of prayer 17-18 Elijah 1 Kings 17:1 ff.

D. The Key Words

1. v. 14 "Sick" (astheneo)

2. "Anointing" (aleipho)

3. v. 15 "Sick" (kamno)

4. v. 16 "Healed" (iaomai)

E. The Context

F. The Exposition

IX. FAITH TESTED ITS CORRECTING THE ERRANT 5:19-20