Summer Sermon Series: The Gospel According to James
JAMES IS A PRACTICAL BOOK that calls us to action. It is a book that calls us to obedience. It is a book that champions the importance of adding “works” to our faith. James famously says in this short book, “Faith without works is dead.”
As we go through this series, we will echo James as James echoes Jesus. James draws heavily from the Sermon on the Mount and so the call to love God and to love others is a theme in the book of James. And so he calls us to be careful how we treat people, how we spend our money, how we talk to others, how we walk through suffering and how we deal with temptation. Again, he is calling us to obedience.
And yet, this call to obedience must always be anchored in Jesus. Throughout the book of James, he refers to his readers as “brothers.” Often he refers to them as “beloved brothers.” James was a brother of Jesus. And yet it was Jesus who said in Matthew 12:50, “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” In fact, Hebrews 2:11 tells us that Jesus is not ashamed to call us brothers.
How so? It is the gospel! It is the good news of Jesus! The call to obey is always a response to the grace of Jesus that has already been freely given to us by faith! Now we can obey. Now we can follow Jesus.
May this series inspire us to do so!