NO-NONSENSE FAITH: Study on the letter of James

“Theory does not necessarily produce practice just as science does not inevitably generate wisdom.” (Scot McKnight)

3431241All throughout the letter, James encourages all Christians to live a no-nonsense faith which practices what it believes. It addresses the abuse of the poor, the injustices of the rich, the trials of those who follow Jesus and what to do about them, and the need to show mercy to those in need. The District Superintendent of the CMA District invites you to join him to discover the subversive message written by James, brother of Jesus; and how as believers we can become wiser and grow in our faith. We will study the entire book in several locations, learning the ins and outs of this unusual letter, which it was as challenging when James wrote it as it is today.

The dates and locations for the BIBLE STUDY are:
CHAPTER 1 -October 22- 9:30am, Oxford UMC, MA
CHAPTER 2- October 29- 9:30am, Milford UMC, MA
CHAPTER 3- November 5- 9:30am, Christ UMC, Wellesley
CHAPTER 4- November 12- 9:30am, Aldersgate UMC, Worcester MA
CHAPTER 5- December 3- 9:30am, Centralville UMC in Lowell

Preliminary Brief Outline

Session One – Day One

  • Introduction
  • Who wrote the letter of James
  • The Marks of a mature Christian
  • General exhortations about speech, character and pure religion

Session Two- Day Two

  • Christianity and Partiality
  • Inconsistency in the faith
  • Faith and love
  • Faith and works

Session Three- Day Three

  • The World’s largest troublemaker: the tongue
  • The power to delight and the power to destroy
  • Wisdom from above or from below?

Session Four- Day Four

  • How to end wars
  • The Sin of Oppression
  • To obey or not to obey

Session Five- Day Five

  • Money Talks
  • Trouble in the church and in the nation
  • Prayer and healing in the community
  • The promise of forgiveness
Dates
Prices
Free event
Multiple locations
Hosted By Central Massachusetts District
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Holden MA 01520
(508) 853-1895
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