It is interesting that Martin Luther did not hold the book of James in particularly high regard, as described here.
Tomorrow marks the first day of Advent and the first day of the church calendar year.
Coincidentally, I also finished year 6 of the Nine Year Bible plan tonight, so I’ll be starting year 7 of 9 tomorrow with a study of the book of James.
It looks like I’ve done a chapter-by-chapter analysis and reading of the vast majority of the New Testament. The last three years of this sequence appear to have more topical and character studies, particularly more 1-week topics.
I’m excited that I’m coming up on the last third of this 9-year experience. So many things have changed since December 2007!
I wrote to the church. But Diotrephes won’t have anything to do with us. He loves to be the first in everything. So if I come, I will point out what he is doing. He is saying evil things about us to others. Even that doesn’t satisfy him. He refuses to welcome other believers. He also keeps others from welcoming them. In fact, he throws them out of the church.
Dear friend, don’t be like those who do evil. Be like those who do good. Anyone who does what is good belongs to God. Anyone who does what is evil hasn’t really seen or known God (3 John 9-11, NIrV).
An elder must be without blame. He must be faithful to his wife. His children must be believers. They must not give anyone a reason to say that they are wild and don’t obey.
A church leader is trusted with God’s work. That’s why he must be without blame. He must not look after only his own interests. He must not get angry easily. He must not get drunk. He must not push people around. He must not try to get money by cheating people.
Instead, he must welcome people into his home. He must love what is good. He must control his mind and feelings. He must do what is right. He must be holy. He must control what his body longs for. The message as it has been taught can be trusted. He must hold firmly to it. Then he will be able to use true teaching to comfort others and build them up. He will be able to prove that people who oppose it are wrong (Titus 1:6-9, NIrV).