The Message of James

The Message of James

The Bible Speaks Today Series

by J. Alec Motyer

The Message of James
  • Length: 214 pages
  • Published: October 08, 1985
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-87784-292-7
  • Item Code: 0292
  • Case Quantity: 48

As a good communicator, James addressed his readers directly and pointedly with vivid images from ordinary life and attention-gripping statements.

This rich exposition brings James's letter to life for today's reader. Alec Motyer is himself gripped by James's energy and concern for practical Christianity.The letter shows how a genuine faith is a tested faith, how encounter with difficulties is an essential part of the growth to Christian maturity this book powerfully brings out James's memorable themes--the link between enduring trials and maturity; the question of perfection; the good gifts of God; faith, works and Christian concern in a world of human need; the implications of careless and evil words; the meaning of war; the church and healing; confession of sin; and the need for active purity in life.


General Preface

Author's preface



1. Setting the scene - 1:1
2. The life-giving trial - 1:2-4
3. The way of wisdom - 1:5-11
4. A battle of wills - 1:12-19a
5. The life-giving Word - 1:19b-25
6. Transition: the Father's children - 1:26-27
7. Denying our faith - 2:1-7
8. Obedient faith - 2:8-13
9. The proving of faith - 2:14-26
10. The mater-key- 3:1-12
11. The two wisdoms - 3:13-18
12. The beginning of wisdom - 4:1-10
13. Areas of high risk - 4:11-5:6
14. Enduring to the end - 5:7-12
15. The last word: prayer and care - 5:13-20

J. Alec Motyer

J. Alec Motyer (1924–2016) was a renowned Old Testament pastor and scholar. With extensive experience in parish ministry, he was principal of Trinity College in Bristol, England, and was well known as a Bible expositor. His books include The Prophecy of Isaiah, and he was the Old Testament editor of The Bible Speaks Today series.

Read about his legacy in this article in memoriam from the Gospel Coalition.

BY J. Alec Motyer