A Letter From James

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series A Letter From James

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

A fair amount of controversy has arisen of late over this letter, some even questioning whether it belongs in the Bible. Others say if it does, it was certainly not meant for the Church. In this series we’ll address these questions while undertaking a verse-by-verse study of the letter.

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A Letter From James, Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series A Letter From James

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

We continue our study of the letter from James. In part 1 we determined that the letter was written by James, the half brother of Jesus, around 50 AD when most of the Church was still of Jewish origin. They had been scattered throughout Israel and surrounding countries in the persecution that began after the stoning of Stephen in 36 AD, and James was sending what was probably the first letter ever written to the growing Christian community. This week we’ll look at chapter 2.

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A Letter From James, Part 3

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series A Letter From James

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

In part 3 we continue reviewing the instructions James gave to the early church on how to properly live the Christian life. Remember, this letter might have been the first written teaching the Church ever received, predating the Gospels and Paul’s letters, with the possible exception of his letter to the Galatians. This time we’ll cover chapter 3. Let’s begin.

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A Letter From James, Part 4

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series A Letter From James

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

This study will cover chapter four of the letter from James.  You’ll see he still has plenty of good advice for living a victorious Christian life in our times, and he gives it to us in no uncertain terms.  Not for the faint of heart.

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A Letter From James, Part 5. Conclusion

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series A Letter From James

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

In this study we’ll conclude our survey of the the letter from James, half brother of Jesus. The original Apostles named him overseer of the Church in Jerusalem, a position he held until his death in 62AD. James probably wrote his letter around 50 AD or even a little before. The stoning of Stephen in 36 AD had led to the persecution and scattering of the young Church, which was still primarily made up of Jewish converts. This study will focus on chapter 5, the final chapter of his instructions to the scattered Church.

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