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 […]


James 1:22-27

Download audio Download sermon James 1:22-27 There is certainly a sense in which the verses we are about to read follow naturally upon those we considered last time insofar as James in both sections is addressing our behavior in reference to the Word of God. But then the entire book addresses our behavior in that […]


James 1:19-21

Download audio Download sermon James 1:19-21 As I have already noted, James, not unlike Proverbs, moves from subject to subject without much in the way of a discernible rationale. His treatment of his subjects, again as in Proverbs, can be quite brief, even terse. Such is the case with the three verse section we are […]


James 1:12-18

Download audio Download sermon James 1:12-18 James has already told us to “count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” By steadfastness is meant a persevering faith in Christ, the kind of faith that continues to believe, that continues […]


James 1:5-11

Download audio Download sermon James 1:5-11 One thing that any interested reader of commentaries on the letter of James immediately notices is the widespread frustration of scholars who have looked long and hard to find some principle of organization in the letter. The Gospels are organized in a largely chronological way, the report of the […]


One Reason for Our Troubles James 1:1-4

Download audio Download text James 1:1-4 Text Comment v.1       “to the twelve tribes” has sometimes been taken to mean that the letter was addressed to particular Jewish Christian churches of whose situation James was informed. Others have taken the address to mean that James was intended to be a circular letter to Christian churches generally, […]


Introduction James 1:1-8

Download audio Download sermon James 1:1-8 I mentioned, in announcing this new series of evening sermons, that we would be studying the New Testament’s Book of Proverbs, or, at least, the book of the New Testament most like the book of Proverbs. I wonder how many of you guessed which book it is. Listen to […]