Sermon for September 20th, 2020 James: A Practical Picture of Faith From the first to the last verse of the book of James, God gives us one of the most practical pictures of the Christian faith in the entire Bible. Written to a people who were scattered and suffering, James envisions communities of faith caring, providing, and praying for one another as they show what the life of Christ looks like in action. Possibly more than any other New Testament book, this letter from James lifts our lives far above the superficial religious formalities we are so prone to settle for and sets our sights on active, authentic faith that makes a difference in the needs of the world around us. Week 2: Perseveres James is speaking to a group a Christians that are experiencing increasingly difficult times. The Roman empire is not sympathetic to Christians or their faith, quite the opposite. The Jewish leaders are causing uproar and the Romans just want them to be silent. Nero finds out they can be used to take the blame for Rome burning. The first part of the book calls them to persevere even in the worst of circumstances. This is not only a call to survive, but thrive in the face of objection. Listen to the message today and be challenged by God’s Word.