Christians readily affirm, based on clear New Testament teachings, that a relationship with God is a gift that cannot be earned and is not caused by any merit we might possess. Nevertheless, as the writer of The Letter of James emphasizes, our conduct as followers of Christ does matter a great deal. Whether in our dealings with people who are different from ourselves in any way, giving our account of events (telling the truth), or using words in careless and destructive ways, this brief letter has a great deal to say about how our “works” reflect our most strongly held Christian beliefs.

In the early fall we look together at the practical application of this connection between faith and works in morning worship. Join us each week as we think about “Faith and Works: Lessons from the Book of James.”

September 2 “Hearers and Doers of the Word”
James 1:17-27
Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

September 9 “Class Hypocrisy”
James 2:1-17
Mark 7:24-37

September 16 “Words of Destruction”
James 3:1-12
Mark 8:27-38

September 23 “Being False to the Truth”
James 3:13 – 4:3, 7-8a
Mark 9:30-37

September 30 “Praying in Faith”
James 5:13-20
Mark 9:38-50