These are Sunday talks on the letter of James. For the very latest, see the "Latest Recorded Talks" page. Sermon series are available on church, Exodus, selected Psalms, Isaiah, Luke, Ephesians, Philippians and 1 Peter. Previous talks not in those series are on the Recorded Earlier page. You can download still older files, back to 2011, from the Sermon Archive. For some of our favourites from all these collections, see the panel at the lower right of this page.
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Sermon series, July to September 2021:
James 1:1-18 – Trials
This letter is full of very practical advice, but what do we make of his opening line, that we should be glad when we go through the trials of life? (Erik Pattison, 4 July 2021)
James 1:19-20 – Ears, mouth, actions
Be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger. Simple words, but a hard challenge in practice. (James Blake, 11 July 2021)
James 2:1-13 – Favouritism
As one body in Christ, we must value every person, and not ignore or belittle anyone. Heaven help us if we think we are OK by keeping some other laws but not this one! (Bex White, 18 July 2021)
James 2:14-26 – Faith and works
How does James' teaching square with the rest of the New Testament? And what sort of faith and what sort of works is God looking for? (Gary Davidge, 25 July 2021)
James 3 – The power of the tongue
James warns us that the tongue is capable of great evil – but with the grace of God, it can sow the seeds of great good. (Neville Reid, 1 August 2021)
James 3:13-4:12 – Repent, you hypocrites!
In this passage, James addresses Christian believers in extremely harsh terms. What is he driving at? How is this a message of life and grace? (Erik Pattison, 15 August 2021)
James 4:13-17 – Entrusting the future to God
We may say, "God willing", but do we truly depend on God for the future, or are we still worldly in our thinking? On the other hand, should we plan at all? (Tony Uddin, 22 August 2021)
James 5:1-12 – Be patient
How does James' thundering denunciation of rich people fit with the rest of his letter? And what does it mean for all of us? (Neville Reid, 29 August 2021)
James 5:13-20 – Healing and salvation
What should we expect when we pray for healing? If the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective, who is "a righteous person"? (Gary Davidge, 12 September 2021)
James and the Law
Looking back on the whole letter of James, what does he mean by the Royal Law, and his puzzling words "the law of perfect freedom"? Now that Jesus has come and changed so much, how is the Old Testament still valuable to us? (Erik Pattison, 19 September 2021)