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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


James: Marks of Maturity

series introduction James 1:1

Group Question:

Define “Maturity in Christ.”


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


James: Marks of Maturity

series introduction James 1:1


James: Marks of Maturity

series introduction James 1:1

  • When was the Epistle of James written?

    • Time of writing: AD 50


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)


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.


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.


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.


JAMES

Marks

of

Maturity


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