The book of James provides practical wisdom for living God’s way in God’s world. It is a call to action for believers and an encouragement for them to live the life they have been called to. Over the next 14 days, we will examine James’ exhortation, in the first two chapters of his letter, for us to look like true believers. There will be some challenging moments. James does not hold back. The “upside down” nature of the Kingdom of God is on show here – where the poor exult in their “high position” and the rich are humbled. But there are real rewards in giving this book attention and seeking to apply it to our lives. It has application as to how we might relate to materialism, consumerism, and individualism – which make it incredibly relevant to our culture.
Author: Simon Smart
Simon Smart is Executive Director of Centre for Public Christianity. He writes for and appears in mainstream media seeking to promote the public understanding of the Christian faith. He has written several books including For God’s Sake: An Atheist, a Jew, a Christian and a Muslim Debate Religion. Simon studied at Regent College in Vancouver. In 2006 John Dickson and Simon co-authored Vital Signs: The Wisdom of James for a Life of Faith (Aquila Press, 2006). The book is available as an ebook at https://youthworksmedia.net/products/vital-signs-the-wisdom-of-james-for-a-life-of-faith?_pos=1&_sid=0f0b3ffe6&_ss=r