Regardless of time and culture, the greatest danger to Christianity is that it becomes lifeless. This in fact is the cry of many who refuse to follow Christ.
They like Jesus for what he taught but refuse to be a Christian because many Christians live a life contrary to what they believe. In our day and age, faith has become a simple ascent to knowledge. A Christian is someone who believes and knows all of the right doctrines. However, James, the brother of Jesus and early church leader, believed differently.
He righty recognized that true Christianity is characterized not just by belief but also action. He knew that what we believed and confessed was to be a “living faith.”
Introduction to James Booklet
Living Faith serves two purposes. First, it is an introduction to the book of James. In the booklet, you will find everything you need to know about James in a short amount of space. If you are wanting a crash course introduction to the book of James, this booklet is the tool for you. Second, Living Faith serves as a weekly guide for our series. In the booklet is space to take notes for each of the evenings we meet to learn more about the book of James.
October 7, 2015 | introduction | James 1:1
In week 1 of Living Faith, Pastor Dustin Turner lays out some foundational elements needed to read and understand the book of James.
October 14, 2015 | Opening Statement | James 1:2–27
Pastor Dustin kicks off week 2 of Living Faith by unpacking James 1:2–27 and the outline James provides for the rest of his letter.
October 21, 2015 | Wealth and Generosity | James 2:1–26
Pastor Dustin digs into the body of James's letter in week 3 of Living Faith by discussing "Wealth & Generosity."
October 28, 2015 | Wisdom and Speech | James 3:1–4:12
In week 4, Pastor Dustin looks at James 3:1–4:12 and discusses the power of our words and using wisdom when we speak.
November 4, 2015 | Testing and Conclusion, Pt. 1 | James 4:13–5:11
In week 5 of Living Faith, Pastor Dustin discusses trials and how we should patiently endure trials in James 4:13–5:11.
November 11, 2015 | Conclusion, Pt. 2 | James 5:12–20
In the final week of Living Faith, Pastor Dustin Turner discusses James 5:12–20, shares four takeaways from James, and answers some questions from the audience.