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JAMES. Marks. of. Maturity. J ames: Marks of Maturity. s eries introduction James 1:1. Group Question: Define “Maturity in Christ.”. J ames: Marks of Maturity. s eries introduction James 1:1. Who is James? The biological brother of Jesus

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JAMES

Marks

of

Maturity

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James: Marks of Maturity

series introduction James 1:1

Group Question:

Define “Maturity in Christ.”

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James: Marks of Maturity

series introduction James 1:1

  • Who is James?
    • The biological brother of Jesus
    • He was Jewish
    • He was a product of a sound spiritual home
    • He witnessed Jesus from childhood…
    • He witnessed Jesus’ death and resurrection
    • He became a disciple (Acts 1)
    • He was well respected by Paul and the other apostles
    • He was a leader among them throughout the book of Acts.
    • James had a HUGE heart to reach the Jews for Christ.
    • James was called to lead his fellow Jews to Jesus.
    • “The first Messianic Jewish pastor”
    • He was martyred by the Scribes and Pharisees in AD 62
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James: Marks of Maturity

series introduction James 1:1

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James: Marks of Maturity

series introduction James 1:1

  • When was the Epistle of James written?
    • Time of writing: AD 50
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James: Marks of Maturity

series introduction James 1:1

  • Where was the letter sent (and to whom)?
    • James 1:1, “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings.”
      • Dispersion = diaspora = dispersion, that is, the (converted) Israelites residing in Gentile countries: - (which are) scattered (abroad). (Strong’s Concordance)
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James: Marks of Maturity

series introduction James 1:1

  • Why did James write this letter?
    • To send out a more lengthy letter to his fellow Jews about what it means to FOLLOW Jesus.
      • There was nothing yet written!
      • Jewish Christians were REALLY struggling with Gentiles being ONE with them.
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James: Marks of Maturity

series introduction James 1:1

  • What’s in the book?
    • Powerful lessons/themes
      • Patience
      • Perseverance
      • Faith + works
      • Moving from head to heart
      • Hating worldliness
      • Prayer
      • Going deep in relationships.
    • Maturity in Christ.
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James: Marks of Maturity

series introduction James 1:1

  • Now What?
    • READ James this week – once, twice, seven times?
    • Begin to identify where you are on the maturity scale.
    • Begin DOING/BEING what God’s Word says in this book.
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JAMES

Marks

of

Maturity

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