The Book of James: Faith That Works – Week 1

January 8, 2023

Responding to James 1: 22 – Be doers of the word, and not hearers only.

James wanted believers to grasp a truth taught by Jesus: “A tree is known by its fruit”.  For James, religion is not about church membership, financial contributions, or even teaching in church school.  The test of true religion is doing the truth, not just hearing it or speaking it.  Action is the hallmark of authentic faith.  In this respect, James mirrors Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.  He forcefully condemns counterfeit religions that substitutes theory for practice