James, unlike Paul, doesn’t so much break the gospel apart to show you what it is; James assumes the gospel and shows you what your life will look like if you believe it. The book helps us understand the consequences that the gospel has for how we live our lives. And particularly, we see what those consequences are for our lives in community.
James gives us three things to consider: 1) what kind of community we ought to be; 2) why we ought to be it; and 3) how we can become that kind of community.
This sermon was preached by Rev. Timothy Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church on December 6, 2009. Series “The Gospel in Community: The Book of James”. Scripture: James 2:1-17.
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