What Is The Purpose Of The Book Of James? A Bible Study

Why did James write this book? What is the purpose of this book for us today?The Author There is little doubt that James, the half-brother of Jesus, wrote the Book of James. Many consider it to be part of the wisdom literature of the Bible, and rightly it should. James begins the letter by identifying himself as “James, a servant (lit. “slave”) of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion” (James 1:1). This book may have been the very first book making it the o … [Read more...]

What Does Works Mean When Used In The Bible

What does the Bible mean by works when used in the Bible? Why are works important?Not Saved by Works I believe that Jesus + works = nothing, but Jesus + nothing = eternal life. This is made clear in Ephesians 2:8-9 which says “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” We cannot be our own co-redeemers in any way. And that’s good news! We would never be satisfied if we had ever done … [Read more...]

Faith Without Works Is Dead: Bible Study and Meaning

What does it mean that faith without works is dead?  Does this mean we need works to help our faith or that our faith is incomplete without works?Religions with Works All religions without Christ demand works that are added as part of their belief system.  They include many of the cults and world religions.  Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and just about every other faith or belief system you see on the planet except for Christianity says “do, do, do” but with Christ, it is done!  Jesus said on t … [Read more...]

Can Salvation Be Earned? A Bible Study of Works vs. Grace

Can a person be saved by works?  Can the absence of works doom a believer?  What is the connection between salvation and works?  Can it be earned by works?What Are Works? Martin Luther wanted the Book of James excluded from the New Testament.  Why?  It was because James wrote,“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?  If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in pe … [Read more...]