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In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. James 2:17-18

Read: James 1-5
Listen: James 1-5


James writes his letter to persecuted Christians to teach them how to live out their faith in challenging circumstances. With well-chosen words, he confronts Jesus’s followers who know the truth but contradict the gospel with their lives. He urges believers, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22). A changed life that produces good deeds reveals a faith that is real.

This sermon series has been incredibly practical and hard-hitting. Pastor Aaron Buer says James gives a “gut punch” to our faith, especially concerning trials, religion, favoritism, works, words, desires, wealth and endurance. James confronts us head-on to look at our lives and consider how we live. Is there evidence in our words and actions that show we are sincere followers of Jesus? The challenge for us now is to put what we’ve heard into practice so we aren’t just hearers of the word but also doers.

TODAY: Read or listen to the entire book of James. It takes about 15-20 minutes. Note or highlight things that stand out to you. Consider re-watching the sermons on these topics HERE and allow God to help you grow. Share with a friend or your small group something God has taught you.


Read Zechariah 7. Highlight anything that points to Jesus.