In June, along with Methodists from around the country, we will be seeking to find out what God has to say to us through the "Letter of James".
Start at the back of your Bible, turn past Revelation and the letters of Jude, John and Peter and you will find the 108 verses of the "Letter of James".
Scholars are still uncertain about who wrote the letter or when it was written but the best suggestions seem to be that it was written around the middle of the first century, possibly by Jesus' brother James, a leader in the early church. It is probably rooted much closer to the life of Jesus than most of Paul's writing or the Gospels.
This letter is a good one to read because it is practical. We will be splitting our reading into four sections:
- "Doers of the word", using chapter 1;
- "Faith and works", using chapter 2;
- "Speech and wisdom" using chapter 3 and the start of chapter 4;
- "Living for the Lord" using the last part of chapter 4 and chapter 5.
May we be blessed by our reading of God's word.