The Book of James

Session One – Living in the Midst of Adversity (James 1:1-18)

Presented by Dr. David Hoffeditz

For many within the Church, doubt is a good friend of faith. One individual states: “Far too often doubt is portrayed simply as an enemy rather than a potential friend; as something mature Christians should not suffer from, rather than a vital means by which Christians mature.”

Session Two – Living with True Humility (James 1:19-27)

Presented by Dr. David Hoffeditz

James opens his epistle discussing how our responses to the circumstances of life can either produce spiritual growth and maturity or serve as our spiritual downfall.

Session Three – Living without Social Gain (James 2:1-13)

Presented by Dr. David Hoffeditz

The theme for this portion of James’ letter centers around the topic of favoritism. True faith places no value on the social distinctions of the world.

Session Four – Living out Genuine Faith (James 2:14-26)

Presented by Dr. David Hoffeditz

Thus far, James has understood “faith” to mean a complete trust in Christ (cf. 1:3, 6; 2:1, 5). This type of faith looks to exalt the Lord by seeking to depend upon Him for wisdom and direction.

Session Five – Living with a Controlled Tongue (James 3:1-12)

Presented by Dr. David Hoffeditz

The most frequent use of the word “tongue” in Scripture relates to the moral, ethical, and spiritual nature of the tongue’s utterances.

Session Six – Living with Great Wisdom (James 3:13-18)

Presented by Dr. David Hoffeditz

Earlier in this epistle, James stressed the importance of wisdom in the life of a believer. It is a wisdom that involves insight into God’s purposes and ways in order that the believer might walk in godliness.

Session Seven – Living without Arrogance (James 4:1-17)

Presented by Dr. David Hoffeditz

Arrogance and self-centeredness wreak havoc with relationships—relationships with not only others but most importantly, in one’s relationship with the Lord. James describes exactly how pride creates division within the Church and enmity with God.

Session Eight – Living with Financial Success (James 5:1-6)

Presented by Dr. David Hoffeditz

Once again, James returns to the topic of wealth as it relates to one’s walk with the Lord. As we have noted in our previous studies, James’ condemnation of the “rich” needs to be observed in its biblical context.

Session Nine – Living with Suffering (James 5:7-12)

Presented by Dr. David Hoffeditz

Indicative of wisdom literature, the Book of James addresses how to live with suffering. So In fact, this topic becomes the very “bookends” to James’ epistle.

Session Ten – Living for Others (James 5:13-20)

Presented by Dr. David Hoffeditz

James concludes his epistle with the topic of prayer and accountability. He will begin by addressing the importance of prayer, its power, and implications for the believer and the Church.