Category Archives : James (Rayburn)


James 5:19-20

Download audio Download sermon James 5:19-20 Tonight we conclude our series of sermons on James, the New Testament’s only book of wisdom and the book that, more than any other, is dependent upon the teaching of the Lord Jesus himself, James’ elder brother. Throughout this little book, in a variety of ways, James has – […]


The Prayer of Faith James 5:13-18

Download audio Download sermon James 5:13-18 Our text this evening, short as it is, has been the source of some important contention in Christian history, so my comments on the text, as we read it, will be somewhat lengthy. Text Comment v.13     The word translated “suffering” here is a form of the same word used […]


The Dangers of Wealth James 5:1-6

Download audio Download sermon James 5:1-6 As we have already had occasion to notice a number of times, James addresses themes that are prominent in OT wisdom literature, especially the book of Proverbs, but also in Ecclesiastes and in several of the Psalms that are clearly part of that library of wisdom literature. The most […]


“Lord Willing” and “Know Yourself”! James 4: 11-17

Download audio Download sermon James 4: 11-17 Text Comment v.11     In earlier English translations “speak evil against” was rendered with the more acerbic “backbite.” You’ll notice that “you adulterous people” in v. 4 has given way to James’ more characteristic address: “brothers.” That is important in this case because how we speak about others has […]


James 3:1-12

Download audio Download text James 3:1-12   We return to James after several weeks away. Remember now what we have said about this book, different as it is from every other book of the New Testament. It is a book of wisdom, the only such book in the New Testament. It is more like Proverbs […]


James 2:1-13

Download audio Download sermon James 2:1-13 We begin a new section of James with another of his more than 50 imperatives that punctuate his short letter. Now the subject is partiality, treating people differently depending on their social class or wealth. We call this “respect of persons” or “favoritism.” [Motyer, 80] James has just written […]