Weekly Bible Study
Growing in the Word
Dr. Dolly A. Robinson, Instructor
Tuesday 6:00 p.m.
March 2, 2021
Practical Principles for Living the
Christian Life 2021
The Book of James was written by James the half brother of Jesus (Mark 6:3; Matthew 13:55). James was not initially a believer of the ministry of his own Brother Jesus the Christ. However, after the resurrection, Jesus appeared to him (1st Cor. 15:7) which authenticates his apostleship and gave this epistle credibility as inspired Scripture. He became the leader of the church at Jerusalem (Acts 15:13) where he ministered as pastor for over 30 years. It is recorded by Jewish historian Josephus that James was cruelly martyred c. AD 62 by the Scribes and Pharisees.
James being a Jew was in a unique position to advise his fellow Jewish brothers how to practice Christian principles in all aspects of their lives. He identifies with them by addressing them as “brothers” or “brethren” over 30 times in this letter.
James’ intent in this letter was to exhort the early Christian believers to practice the precepts of the Christian faith that would lead to spiritual maturity. This letter reflects many themes such as the Christian response to trials, favoritism in the church, controlling the tongue, pride and strife and many others. Over the next few weeks, we will study these themes with the same objective in mind, that we will all become more mature in the faith of Lord, Jesus the Christ.