'Can Such Faith Save You?'

In chapters one and two, James stressed the importance of obeying God's Word and in particular the 'royal law' ('love your neighbour as yourself'), especially in relation to the poor and marginalised.
Now he challenges the unspoken assumptions of his readers that they can avoid fulfilling the royal law since they are saved by faith. A genuine, living faith is only manifested by the actions it produces. Otherwise, it is a dead faith, like a body without a spirit.
Disobeying the 'royal law' is not an option.

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'The Fatal Flaws Of Favouritism'

So far in our studies in James we have learned that real faith is tested, real faith is about more than listening, and real faith is about applying what we have heard to real life.
At the end of chapter 1, James has given us a couple of examples of what this looks like in practice.
Now at the beginning of chapter 2, James shows us that faith and favouritism are incompatible for the follower of Jesus Christ.

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'More Than Listening'

We have seen that as disciples of Jesus Christ we are to expect trials and temptations to come our way.
But where do we find the practical resources we need to help us persevere and grow?
This is James’ concern in our passage today.

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'Avoiding Deception & Embracing Truth'

Today as we continue our new series on James we look at the danger of being deceived.
Painful personal experience tells us that we are all capable of being deceived by others but it is also possible for us to deceive themselves. So we will look at a couple of things James does not want us to be deceived about. Then we find that the best antidote to self deception is to embrace truth and in particular to remind ourselves of who our God is and what He is like.

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