Introduction and Overview of James

Adult Inductive/Discussion Bible Study of The Book of James

We started our study by reading through the five chapters of James to get an overview of the book. While reading we are asking the inductive Bible questions of: who (the author and recipients), what, when, where, why and how. After discussion of the who and when, we watched the Bible Project overview of James (or Jacob.)

In summary, the book (chapters 2-5) consists of twelve teachings of wholehearted devotion to Jesus (Yeshua) with chapter one serving as the introduction to the twelve teachings. The goal of these twelve teachings is perfection (wholeness) through our actions.

Much of the discussion of the first four verses centered on:

  • Who was James and the historical context of a slave or servant
  • Who was he writing to … the dispersed messianic Jews to flee persecution
  • What is meant by the “joy of trials”
  • The terms: perseverance, consider

“Individual study is the first step. Group discussion based observations and insights from personal study are encouraged. It is in the discussion, for many students, that the lesson begins to “gel”. The discussion confirms, clarifies, and corrects as each student seeks to discover truth for themselves. Discussion of the Bible’s truths helps to seal them in our minds and sharing application encourages individuals to live out what they are learning.” (

You are welcome to come join the discussion on Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM. We welcome a new set of eyes and voice to help us observe the richness of this book. If you miss a week, this Blog will help you to catch up.

What’s next?  Here’s a chart to aid in your observation of the subjects addressed in chapter 1.

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