At first glance, James appears to be one of the most practical books in the New Testament. The letter is filled with advice about facing the trials of life, coping with poverty, managing the desire to be rich, controlling the tongue, making plans for the future, and so on. James underlines the need to be active, practicing believers. We are to be those who do not merely listen to the Word, but do what it says. However, no matter how enthusiastically we embrace a practical approach to the Christian life, that life has no value unless it is based upon God, who is the source of life. As Anthony Bird demonstrates in this commentary, what is remarkable about the letter of James is the glorious vision it presents of God, the descriptions of whom are both extensive and breathtaking. Reading it ought to drive us to contemplate afresh the wonder of God—then lead us to worship him.
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- Introductory discussion of three key points in the letter of James
- Scripture readings introducing each chapter
- Title: Practice Makes Perfect: James Simply Explained
- Author: Anthony Bird
- Series: Welwyn Commentary Series
- Publisher: Evangelical Press
- Publication Date: 2008
- Pages: 160
About Anthony Bird
Anthony Bird is a lecturer in biblical studies at the Presbyterian Theological College in Melbourne, Australia. Bird, along with his wife, Carole, is a former missionary in Indonesia. They currently have four children. Anthony is active in Donvale Presbyterian church, where he preaches regularly.