We saw from James 2 how James was preaching and heralding the same Paul Gospel that Paul taught: that we are saved by faith through grace. James’ controversial words on faith and works show us that genuine faith in Christ always produces works that follow. We also saw that our words and profession of faith are useless without the substance of fruit verifying the our faith is indeed real and genuine.
We finished Hebrews 13 tonight looking at the author's dealing with several important issues in the Church of God. We were exhorted to let brotherly love continue and to be hospitable to strangers in the Church. Pastor Brett talked about the important of healthy marriage, particularly with the marriage bed and physical intimacy as God reveals to us in His Word the way he designed marriage and sexuality to work. We closed the chapter talking about several issues in the Church, from food, to corporate worship, to being submitted to the leadership of our local church.
James 2 has powerful words to share with us from the Scriptures about the sin of partiality. We saw in this study that God is not a respecter of persons, but treats all people equally, both in His dispensing love as well as in His acts of judgment. Because of this we were challenged to see people, even those that are dirty physically and morally, like they really matter because that is the way God looks at us.
In this study we covered James 2-3. In James 2 we did some review of Sunday studies and were reminded that God is impartial in dispensing love and judgment and were reminded of the precedent that Jesus gave us of being generous to the poor. We ended chapter 2 looking at the relationship between faith and works and saw that the good works that follow faith are the fruit or evidence of true conversion. James 3 had many strong exhortations and warnings, especially as it regards our words and tongue.