Let’s Study – James

Let’s Study – James
Matthew Cox
Matthew Cox Matthew Cox has served as pastor at Bethersden Baptist Church, Kent, since 2017, having previously worked in the social housing sector in Manchester. He is Book Reviews editor for Evangelical Times.
13 March, 2019 1 min read

The letter of James is frequently commended as a ‘practical’ book. But in this devotional commentary, Sinclair Ferguson is out to prove that its wise guidance is drawn from a weighty theology.

The link between beliefs and behaviour is demonstrated ably in his treatment of James 2:14-26. Here Ferguson unpicks the difficult wording by presenting the passage as a conversation between two people with different types of faith — only one of which is real, saving faith.

Another strength is his ability to trace continuity through a letter which can appear disjointed at first glance. For example, the exhortation to seek wisdom (James 1:5-7) is shown to be directed particularly to Christians who are facing trials (1:2-4) — which can include both poverty and wealth (1:8-12).

The pages brim with illustrations and metaphors — like the weightlifter standing steadfast under the strain; the hypocrite’s mask being torn off by the Word of God; and the ‘spiritual bad breath’ (p.33) of an angry Christian. These vivid word-pictures will help readers recall the main thrust long after the printed words have faded from memory.

Let’s Study James will help believers to grow in knowledge; knowledge which is theological and yes, practical too.

Matthew Cox

Bethersden, Kent

Matthew Cox
Matthew Cox has served as pastor at Bethersden Baptist Church, Kent, since 2017, having previously worked in the social housing sector in Manchester. He is Book Reviews editor for Evangelical Times.
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