August 6, 13, 20 and 27, 9:15 am, fpcw Lounge
In this four-week class led by Pastor Jeff, we’ll explore this fascinating and often overlooked letter of the New Testament that the Reformer Martin Luther infamously labeled “an epistle of straw.” The five chapters of James are replete with memorable images and practical challenges to its Jewish Christian audience. For example, they are reminded that “faith, without works, is dead” and they are charged to be “quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.” Perhaps written by Jesus’ own brother, James, the theological themes of this letter are just as relevant today as they were in the first century: suffering, inequality, care for the needy, edifying speech, patience, God’s providence and the significance of prayer.