James concludes by encouraging us to be ready to take action when we see a brother or sister in spiritual peril. This world is as deceitful as ever. Christians can find themselves well down the wrong path before realizing what's happening. We need to watch out for each other and, drawing on the wisdom and power of the Bible, call one another to account. Doing so rescues souls from eternal condemnation.
The "prayer of faith" is the work of the faithful. So, James calls us in Jesus to confess our sins to one another so that we can pray effectively for one another.
Christians live in a world that seems to care less and less about being honest in the things they say. James reminds us that Christians must distinguish themselves as a people whose word can be trusted.
Jesus will return at any moment. When he comes, he will save his people from the troubles of this world forever. James urges us to hold on patiently, living and working in righteousness to the glory of God.
"The rich" is an attitude toward material wealth. Even people without money need to heed James's message to "the rich."
It is easy to miss the fact that our confidence in life might actually be arrogance against God. In this passage, James warns us against the pride of "boasting in our arrogance." Our confidence should be in God rather than in our boldness to assert ourselves as strong and capable of making our dreams come true.
Morning sermon from James 4:11-12.
James teaches that speaking against Christian brethren is to place ourselves in judgment of the redemptive gift and work of God. It is important, instead, to approach all of God's works with an attitude of wonder and appreciation.
Morning sermon from James 4:1-10.
Too often brothers and sisters in Christ go to war against each other. James calls us back to follow the example Jesus set for us on the cross.
Morning sermon preached from James 3:13-18.
Teachers should be qualified in the subject they want to teach. In our schools, we use only those teachers certified by officials as being qualified to teach. How about in the Church? James provides insights into how we can discern whom God certifies as qualified to teach the way of Jesus for the Church.