For the past number of weeks, we’ve been exploring together how the Bible fits together into one big story. And before we get into our text for today, I want to pause for a moment to share some of the reason that we’re doing this. It’s important to be familiar with the big story of scripture, because the biblical story is our story. It’s our family history. It is the story that we are continuing to live out. It is the story of God’s relationship with his world and his people.
We’re continuing our walk through the book of James. We’re reading James as a manual for how to live as a follower of Jesus as we wait for God’s Kingdom to fully come here on earth. Last week, we began this by looking at James’ advice for how Christians are to live in the midst of trials and tribulations. That is, God uses trials and tribulations so that Christians might become mature and complete, lacking in nothing. Maintaining this perspective is hard, sometimes imposs
Today we begin a study of the book of James, which we’ll be reflecting on throughout the summer. In our last series, we looked at the big picture of Scripture, we began in Genesis and worked our way to the grande finale in Revelation. Throughout the series we were trying to see how through Scripture God is telling one beautiful story of how He is restoring all creation and humanity into perfect relationship with Him. We live in the middle of that story. The greatest act o