James: Faith/Works, Bible Study Book by Matt Chandler - Lifeway Youth Bible Study
James Bible Study Book includes a small-group experience for 13 sessions, personal study between group sessions, applicable Scripture, "How to Use This Study," a leader guide, and a family discipleship page. James had a unique earthly relationship with Jesus, but his letter clarifies what the Christian life should look like for us all. The Book of James is filled with practical wisdom for Christians, calling us to live out genuine faith through good works, but it is also rooted in rich theology. Perhaps more than any other book in the New Testament, James emphasizes the application of Christian belief. This 13-session study examines the core message of James: the relationship between faith and works. In our own ability, we cannot stand in the face of adversity. Without faith we could never find the strength to trust God. We would never be able to see above the trials we meet and to keep our eyes focused on the King while counting our trials as joy. This is the essence of James. We don't work to be saved; we work because we are saved. Faith apart from works can never be sustained. Session Titles 1. Brother / Servant 2. Trials / Temptations 3. Hearer / Doer 4. Judgment / Mercy 5. Faith / Works 6. Blessings / Curses 7. False Wisdom / True Wisdom 8. Worldliness / Godliness 9. Arrogance / Humility 10. Oppressor / Laborer 11. Suffering / Comfort 12. Faithful / Faithless 13. Wanderer / Restorer Features: • 13 small-group sessions • Personal study opportunities for ongoing spiritual growth Benefits: • Gain a better understanding of the Book of James and apply It's practical wisdom for all Christians. • Learn how to deal with trials and temptations, understanding that enduring adversity ultimately brings joy. • Learn to extend mercy, not harsh judgment, to others. • Realize that words are important and must be used for good, not evil. • Learn to fight against the passions and desires at war within us. • Recognize the importance of praying for one another in sickness, health, suffering, and joy. • Accept the challenge to speak truth to our brothers and sisters who wander from the faith. • Come to humbly view all of our days as lived under the sovereign will of the Lord.
About the Author
Matt Chandler serves as the lead pastor of teaching at The Village Church in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He has served in that role since December 2002 and describes his tenure at The Village as a replanting effort to change the theological and philosophical culture of the congregation. The church has witnessed a tremendous response, growing from 160 people to over 11,000, including campuses in Flower Mound, Dallas, and Denton. Alongside his current role as lead pastor, Matt is involved in church-planting efforts both locally and internationally through The Village and various strategic partnerships. Prior to accepting the pastorate at The Village, Matt had a vibrant itinerant ministry for over 10 years that gave him the opportunity to speak to thousands of people in America and abroad about the glory of God and the beauty of Jesus. Other than knowing Jesus, Matt's greatest joy is being married to Lauren and being the dad to their three children: Audrey, Reid, and Norah. Matt is also the president of Acts 29, a worldwide church-planting organization. Over the past 10 years, Acts 29 has emerged from a small band of brothers to over four hundred churches in the United States and in multiple countries.
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