James, an Introduction (1 of 16) by Zach Terry

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James, an Introduction (1 of 16)
Series: James
Zach Terry
James 1:1

Turn if you would to the first book ever written in your New Testament. The book of James most theologians agree was most likely the first letter written that was included in the New Testament Canon. It is considered a general epistle which means it wasn't to a specific congregation but rather was meant to be circulated between various assemblies.

Today we are launching a new study called, "James - Attacking the Myths that threaten the Christian Soul".

Text: James 1:1 (NASB95)
1 James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings.

AUTHOR: James 1:1 (NASB95)
Where you and I typically end a letter or an email with our name, in the first century the author would typically place his name in the first line. So the first word of the first verse is…
1 James,

I like that, because when you read a letter or an email, who it is from flavors every word that follows.

ILLUSTRATION: Imagine for a moment a young man who is a senior in high school is called to the office to pick up a message that was left for him.

The message reads, "I just want you to know that you are one of the best football players I have witnessed in a long time. Your future is as bright as you want to make it. Give me a call when you have a chance to talk"
• Signed MOM
• Now read the same note again signed… Nick Saban.

You see, who it is from flavors every word that follows.

Human/Divine Authorship - Now we know that the ultimate author is God, but God used human writers, their personality and perspective to communicate the very words that he desired to be written.

2 Peter 1:21 (NASB95)
21 for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

As you read the various writers in both the New and Old Testaments you will see that God used their personality and their un ...

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