JAMES:THE BROTHER OF JESUS - SERMON SERIES
James the Brother of Jesus
We are starting a preaching series through the Book of James. James was the revered leader of the Messianic Movement in Jerusalem.
There was great tension between James and the Apostle Paul. On one hand, James acknowledged Jesus as the Crucified and Risen Christ. Moreover, James was an observant Jew. On the other hand, Paul sought to move beyond Jewish observances.
Originally, James did not believe in his brother, Jesus. However, First Corinthians clearly states that James had a post-resurrection encounter with Jesus.
The Letter of James was most likely not written by James. However, there is little doubt that the letter accurately reflects the views of James. … Some theologians believe that the views of James are more reflective of Jesus’ view than those of Paul.
Martin Luther wanted to eliminate the Book of James from the New Testament canon because of its emphasis on “works” and de-emphasis on “grace”.
In our series we will see James’ views on poverty, wealth inequality, the importance of doing good works and the importance of prayer.
Prepare for the preaching series by reading the Book of James. Read it several times. You will be blessed for doing so.
Rev. Brian Martin Ellison, Esq, Senior Pastor