Introduction and Outline of James

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Outline

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  1. The Test of Faith — 1:1-18
  2. The Trial of Works — 1:19-27
  3. The Trial of Partiality — 2:1-13
    • Principle, Illustration, and Indictment = 2:1-4
    • Six Reasons Why We Should Hate Partiality = 2:1-7
    • Defining Partiality = 2:1-13
    • Live Under the Law of Love = 2:8-13
  4. The Trial of Faith = 2:14-24
    • Three Characteristics of Dead Faith = 2:14-17
    • Deader Than Demons = 2:18-20
    • Dynamic Faith = 2:21-26
      • The Example of a Jewish Patriarch = 2:21-24
      • The Example of a Gentile Prostitute = 2:25-26
  5. The Trial of Speech = 3:1-12
  6. The Trial of Wisdom = 3:13-18
    • Big Idea: True Faith is Expressed through Wisdom from Heaven
    • The Challenge to Show Divine Wisdom = 3:13
    • The Evidence of Worldly Wisdom = 3:14-16
      • The Manifestation of Worldly Wisdom = 3:14
      • The Character of Worldly Wisdom = 3:15
      • The Outcome of Worldly Wisdom = 3:16
    • The Evidence of Heavenly Wisdom = 3:17-18
      • The Character of Heavenly Wisdom = 3:17
        • Heavenly Wisdom is Pure
        • Heavenly Wisdom is Peaceable
        • Heavenly Wisdom is Gentle
        • Heavenly Wisdom is Reasonable
        • Heavenly Wisdom is Merciful
        • Heavenly Wisdom is Fruitful
        • Heavenly Wisdom is Impartial
        • Heavenly Wisdom is Sincere
      • The Outcome of Heavenly Wisdom = 3:17
  7. The Trial of Loyalty = 4:1-12
    • Big Idea: True Faith is Expressed through Loyalty to God
    • The Diagnosis of Disloyalty = 4:1-3
      • The External Symptoms of Conflict = 4:1
      • The Internal System of Conflict = 4:2
      • The Spiritual Source of Conflict = 4:3
    • The Dangers of Disloyalty = 4:4-6
      • Disloyalty Opposes God’s Wishes = 4:4
        • Disloyalty is Friendship with the World
        • Disloyalty is Enmity with God
      • Disloyalty Ignores God’s Word = 4:5
      • Disloyalty Suffers God’s Wrath = 4:6
    • The Death of Disloyalty = 4:7-10
      • Surrender: Pledge Your Allegiance = 4:7
      • Sanctify: Purify Your Life = 4:8
      • Sadness: Mourn Your Sin = 4:9
      • Summary: Humble Yourself = 4:10
    • The Departure from Disloyalty = 4:11-12
      • The Prohibition = 4:11a
      • The Premise = 4:11b
      • The Problem = 4:11c
      • The Principle = 4:12a
      • The Interrogation = 4:12b
  8. The Trial of Planning = 4:13-17
    • Big Idea: True Faith is Expressed through Planning with God
    • The Presumptuous Person = 4:13
    • The Precarious Life = 4:14
    • The Providence Principle = 4:15
    • The Pretentious Evil = 4:16
    • The Prophetic Warning = 4:17
  9. The Trial of Wealth = 5:1-6
    • Big Idea: True Faith is Expressed through Stewarding God’s Blessings
    • The Denunciation of the Rich = 5:1
    • The Miseries of the Rich = 5:2-3
      • Your Riches are Perishing = 5:2
      • Your Riches are Testifying = 5:3a
      • Your Riches are Burning = 5:3b
    • The Indictment of the Rich = 5:3c-6
      • You Have Wasted Wealth = 5:3c
      • You Have Robbed Others = 5:4
        • The Wages Cry Out
        • The Workers Cry Out
      • You Have Lived Luxuriously = 5:5a
      • You Have Fattened Yourself = 5:5b
      • You Have Murdered Others = 5:6
    • The Enemy of the Rich = 5:6b
  10. The Trial of Suffering = 5:7-12
    • Big Idea: True Faith is Expressed through Patience in Suffering
    • Patience Commanded = 5:7-8
      • Patience is Required = 5:7a
      • Patience is Limited = 5:7b
      • Patience is Pictured = 5:7c
        • Patience & Precious Fruit = “waits for the precious fruit”
          1. Perfected Faith = 1:4
          2. Eternal Salvation = 1:12
          3. Jesus Christ = 5:7
        • Early & Late Rains = be patient, dependent
        • God’s work is what you are waiting to finish
      • Patience is Explained = 5:8a
      • Patience is Reverent = 5:8b
    • Impatience Judged = 5:9
      • Do not Grumble = 5:9a
      • The Judge is Ready = 5:9b
    • Patience Exemplified = 5:10-11
      • The Patience of the Prophets = 5:10
      • The Patience of the Sufferer = 5:11
    • Impatience Condemned = 5:12
      • Do not Swear = 5:12a
      • The Condemnation is Sure = 5:12b
  11. The Prayer of Faith = 5:13-20