James Commentaries & Sermons

OVERVIEW CHART
OF BOOK OF JAMES


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Chart from recommended resource Jensen's Survey of the NT - used by permission
See also Overview Chart by Charles Swindoll

JAMES
Faith for Living

Motives
for
Works
The Place of Works:
Outward Demonstration of Inner Faith
Outreach
of
Works
Jas 1:1-18 Jas 1:19-2:13 Jas 2:14-25 Jas 3:1-12 Jas 3:13-4:12 Jas 4:13-5:12 Jas 5:13-19
Trials &
Temptations
Word &
Works
Faith &
Works
Tongue Wars Future Others

Faith
In
Testings

Fulfill

Favor

Fallacy

Fountain

Factions

Faith
and the
Future

Faith
and our
Fellowship

FAITH AT WORK

  • Key words: Perfect, sin, riches, faith, works, do, judge, law, say, blessed, fruits.
  • See discussion of marking key words.
  • Observation Worksheet on James (Go to p13) with double spaced text for marking Key Words, Making lists, taking notes that you can later transfer to your Bible

See Introduction to James by Dr John MacArthur: Title, Author, Date, Background, Setting, Historical, Theological Themes, Interpretive Challenges, Outline by Chapter/Verse. Excellent overview.

Adapted from Jensen's Survey of the New Testament or Logos

JAMES THE BROTHER
OF JESUS


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Chart from recommended resource Jensen's Survey of the NT - used by permission

James Commentary
In Depth On Site
Verse by Verse
Bruce Hurt, MD

James: — Precept Ministries International — Inductive Bible Study
15 lessons - Lesson 1 can be downloaded as Pdf
(Click link)

Henry Alford
James Commentary
The New Testament for English Readers

Henry Alford
James Commentary
The Greek Testament
Index to Mt-Rev Chapter by Chapter

Greg Allen
Sermons and Studies on 
The Book of James
Bethany Bible Church

Paul Apple
A Devotional Commentary

William Barclay
James Commentary

Albert Barnes
Notes on the New Testament

Brian Bell
Calvary Chapel, Murrieta
Notes on James

Johann Bengel
James Commentary
The Critical English Testament
Similar to following but less Greek

Short Pithy Comments
C H Spurgeon wrote that Bengel's NT commentary "is the Scholar's delight! Bengel condensed more matter into a line than can be extracted from pages of other writers."

John Wesley said of Bengel "I know of no commentator on the Bible equal to Bengel" and referred to him as "The great light of the Christian world."


Johann Bengel
James Commentary
Gnomon of the New Testament
Index to Mt-Rev Chapter by Chapter

Bible.org Resources
Resources that Reference James

John Calvin
Commentary on James

Steven Cole
Excellent Expository Sermons
Functions Like a Verse by Verse Commentary
Recommended

Thomas Constable
Expositional Notes

W A Criswell
Sermons on James

Kay Daigle
Study on James
Blue Jean Faith: A Study of James for Wise Women

Ron Daniel
Study Notes on James

Bob Deffinbaugh
The Tests of True Religion:
A Study of the Book of James

Dan Duncan
Believer's Chapel Dallas
Audio Only

J Ligon Duncan
James Sermons

Theodore Epp
Devotionals
BacktotheBible.org

Explore the Bible
The Book of James

James: Responsible Faith

Expositor's Bible Commentary
The Book of James
Alfred Plummer

Expositor's Greek Testament
James Commentary
W E Oesterley

Dave Guzik
Commentary Notes on James

David Holwick
Sermons on James
Click New Testament for Titles Below

  • James 1:1 James, Brother of Jesus
  • James 1:1- 4,12 Why Is Life So Hard?
  • James 1:1 The Kid Brother of Jesus
  • James 1:2-4,12 Trials and Troubles
  • James 1:3- 5 How To Find the Will of God For Your Life
  • James 1:5- 8 Ask Like You Mean It
  • James 1:5-8 Make Up Your Mind
  • James 1:5 How To Avoid Dumb Mistakes
  • James 1:13-18 I Can Resist Anything But Temptation
  • James 1:13-18 You Can Resist Temptation!
  • James 1:19-27 Something Wrong With Your Ears?
  • James 1:19-27 You Need Miracle Ear
  • James 2:1- 9 Playing Favorites
  • James 2:1- 9 Who Is Your Favorite?
  • James 2:10-13 One Strike and You Are Out
  • James 2:14-16 Can Salvation Be Earned?_(1987, full-text)
  • James 2:14-26 Tickets For Heaven
  • James 2:14-26 Unaccompanied Faith
  • James 2:19-24 Having Faith In Yourself
  • James 2:20-24 Faith In Action
  • James 3:1- 6 Taming the Tongue
  • James 3:1-12 Two-Ounce Slab of Trouble
  • James 3:5-10 Conversation Or Combat?
  • James 3:13-18 Two Kinds of Ambition
  • James 3:13-18 Wise Guys Or Otherwise
  • James 4:1- 3 The Cycle of Violence
  • James 4:1- 3 The Violence Among Us
  • James 4:1- 3 What Rages Within?
  • James 4:4-10 Submit and Resist
  • James 4:4-10 True Repentance
  • James 4:11-12 Being Judge Judy
  • James 4:11-12 Who Made You A Judge?
  • James 4:13-17 Perceptive Planning
  • James 4:13-17 Where Does God Fit In?
  • James 5:1- 6 Can a Christian Drive a BMW?
  • James 5:1- 6 Should Pastor David Drive A Lincoln Continental?
  • James 5:7-11 In God's Good Time
  • James 5:7-11 Waiting For God
  • James 5:12 A Christian Is Trustworthy
  • James 5:12 What Is Your Definition Of Is?
  • James 5:13-16 Can God Heal?
  • James 5:13-16 Divine Healing
  • James 5:13-20 Faith Healing
  • James 5:15-18 Power In Prayer
  • James 5:16-18 Praying With Power
  • James 5:19-20 Bring Them Back Alive
  • James 5:19-20 Slip-Sliding Away

Illustrations
Click for Illustrations on Verses Below
See also Our Daily Bread

IVP Commentary
Intervarsity Press on James

John MacArthur
Excellent Expository Sermons on James
Functions Like a Verse by Verse Commentary
Recommended

Alexander Maclaren
Sermons on James

Thomas Manton
A Practical Exposition of James

In Depth Verse by Verse Comments (>150 pages on James 1!)

(An Estimate of Manton by J. C. Ryle)

Spurgeon's comment on Manton's work - In Manton’s best style. An exhaustive work, as far as the information of the period admitted. Few such books are written now.

Joseph Mayor
The Epistle of James
The Greek Text with Introductory Notes and Comments

James Rosscup: First issued in 1892, this commentary of more than 600 pages gives the reader almost 300 pages in introductory explorations about the identity of the writer James, the date (he says near the end of the A. D. 40’s), the relations to other New Testament books, grammar and style, etc. It is a work of towering scholarship and exhaustive detail. From the standpoint of the Greek text it is the best older and one of the best at any time on James. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An annotated bibliography)

F B Meyer
Our Daily Homily on James
One from Our Daily Walk (ODW)

Miscellaneous
Resources on James
Conservative, Evangelical

JOURNAL ARTICLES AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD FREE ONLINE

VARIOUS

HENRY MORRIS

CROSSWAY PUBLISHING

HOLMAN PUBLISHING

BIBLE.ORG

  • NET Study Bible Excellent resource, includes NETBible notes and Thomas Constable's notes that synchronize with the Scriptures.

DON ANDERSON

DOUGLAS MOO

JOHN BURNS

GEORGE DAVIS

J LIGON DUNCAN

DICTIONARY ARTICLES

DAVID DOCKERY

MICHAEL FRONCZAK

D EDMOND HIEBERT

JAMES GRAY

ROBERT HILL

STEVE KRELOFF

JOHN MACARTHUR

MASTER'S BIBLE CHURCH

J VERNON MCGEE

JAMES ORR

WIL POUNDS

MYER PEARLMAN

RBC BOOKLET

ROBERT SLOAN

RAY STEDMAN

RICHARD L. STRAUSS

GEOFF THOMAS

DANIEL B. WALLACE

JAMES VAN DINE

RICHARD C WELLS

COMMENTARIES ON
JAMES
(Alphabetized by Author)

JOHN ADAM

  • James - Exposition of James - Contents
  • Spurgeon comments - "Good, plain discourses, for which the author acknowledges his indebtedness to various eminent writers who have discussed the Epistle. Our readers had better make similar discourses of their own—if they can."

PAUL APPLE

UNKNOWN

ADAM CLARKE

MARK A COPELAND

J. N. DARBY

J R DUMMELOW

C J ELLICOTT

JAMES FREAM

A C GAEBELEIN

JOHN GILL

MATTHEW HENRY

F. B. HOLE

JAMIESON, F, BROWN

ROBERT JOHNSTONE

WILLIAM KELLY

RICHARD KNOWLING

J P LANGE

IAN MACKERVOY

THOMAS MANTON

J VERNON MCGEE

JAMES MOFFATT

ALAN PERKINS

EDWARD PLUMPTRE - Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

E G PUNCHARD - ELLICOTT'S COMMENTARY FOR ENGLISH READERS

JAMES ROPES

  • James Rosscup comments on the commentary by James Ropes - In this liberal technical work, Ropes decides that the author was not James the Lord’s brother but a teacher in Palestine between A. D. 75 and 125 (49). He devotes pp. 1–115 to introduction. His work is one of the better older ones on details of the Greek text and at times has fairly good input on what a phrase means, such as “the crown of life” in 1:12 (150–52). But Ropes fails to explain how reward as a crown, eternal life, is consistent with eternal life being entirely God’s gift, not by works. At a number of points he is rather flat when he might be clearer. (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An annotated bibliography of selected works. The Woodlands, TX: Kress Christian Publications)
  • Commentary on James
  • Commentary on James 1
  • Commentary on James 2
  • Commentary on James 3
  • Commentary on James 4
  • Commentary on James 5

A B SIMPSON

HAMILTON SMITH

JOHN B SUMNER 1840

BOB UTLEY

EDWIN WINKLER

JAMES 1

GREG HERRICK

JEFF MILLER - Mp3's

RICH CATHERS

MULTIPLE ILLUSTRATIONS

F H PALMER

DAVE GUZIK

LEHMAN STRAUSS

TRACY HOWARD

SCOTT LINDSAY

RBC

G CAMPBELL MORGAN

F B MEYER

JOE STOWELL

DAVE ROPER

GIL RUGH

DANNY HALL

RAY PRITCHARD

RICH CATHERS

JOHN MACARTHUR

LOWELL JOHNSON

DOUG GOINS

JOHN MACARTHUR

C H SPURGEON

J C PHILPOT

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

C H SPURGEON

JOE STOWELL

OSWALD CHAMBERS

DAVE ROPER

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

C H SPURGEON

GIL RUGH

DAVE ROPER

JOHN MACARTHUR

JOE STOWELL

C H SPURGEON

ALAN CARR

JOE STOWELL

MIKE ANDRUS

DAVID LEGGE

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

C H SPURGEON

DAVE ROPER

GIL RUGH

JAMES HASTINGS

JOE STOWELL

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

JEREMY ADLER

RAY PRITCHARD

ON SITE NOTES

BRIAN BILL

GIL RUGH

JOE STOWELL

F B MEYER

C H SPURGEON

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

GIL RUGH

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

JAMES 2

MULTIPLE ILLUSTRATIONS FOR SERMONS

DAVE GUZIK

MIKE ANDRUS

RICH CATHERS

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

JOHN MACARTHUR

GIL RUGH

DAVE ROPER

OSWALD CHAMBERS

GIL RUGH

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

JOHN F. HART

JOHN PIPER

ROBERT V RAKESTRAW

DAVE ROPER

JOHN MACARTHUR

RICH CATHERS

E P BARROWS

ON SITE NOTES

C H SPURGEON

GIL RUGH

JONATHAN EDWARDS

JOHN F. HART

BIBLE.ORG

RAY PRITCHARD

JOHN MACARTHUR

GIL RUGH

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

DANIEL B. WALLACE

J C PHILPOT

F B MEYER

JAMES 3

MULTIPLE ILLUSTRATIONS

DAVE GUZIK

RICH CATHERS

GIL RUGH

DANIEL AKIN

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

JOHN MACARTHUR

DAVE ROPER

GIL RUGH

JOHN MACARTHUR

DAVID LEGGE

MIKE ANDRUS

JOE STOWELL

BIBLE.ORG

GIL RUGH

JOHN MACARTHUR

JAMES 4

MULTIPLE ILLUSTRATIONS

DAVE GUZIK

RICH CATHERS

JOHN MACARTHUR

GIL RUGH

RICH CATHERS

ALAN CARR

C H SPURGEON

DAVID LEGGE

ANDREW MURRAY

JOE STOWELL

C H SPURGEON

ON SITE

C H SPURGEON

GIL RUGH

C H SPURGEON

OSWALD CHAMBERS

MIKE ANDRUS

DAVE ROPER

GIL RUGH

ALAN CARR

C H SPURGEON

JOHN PIPER

JOE STOWELL

C H SPURGEON

JAMES FREEMAN

JAMES 5

MULTIPLE ILLUSTRATIONS

DAVE GUZIK

RICH CATHERS

GIL RUGH

JOHN MACARTHUR

JOHN MACARTHUR

MIKE ANDRUS

C H SPURGEON

C H SPURGEON

C H SPURGEON

JOHN MACARTHUR

BIBLE.ORG

GIL RUGH

ALAN CARR

RAY PRITCHARD

MARK SEIFRID

RBC BOOKLET

JAMES HASTINGS

BRIAN BILL

C H SPURGEON

GIL RUGH

JOHN PIPER

F B MEYER

C H SPURGEON

GIL RUGH

C H SPURGEON

Robert Morgan
Sermons on James
His site is being revised - links probably won't work - June, 2015

Net Bible Notes
on James

Phil Newton
Sermons on James
Well Done

James Nisbet
Church Pulpit Commentary
Book of James

Our Daily Bread
Radio Bible Class
Devotionals on James
Updated through August, 2012

Joseph Parker
Comments on James
from The People's Bible

John Piper
Sermons on James
Updated 2/24/14

Preacher's Homiletical Commentary
James

Interesting Resource - comments, homiletics, notes, sermon sketches

Pulpit Commentary
James
Expositional Comments, Homiletics, Homilies

A. T. Robertson
Word Pictures on James
Greek Word Studies

A T Robertson's
Practical and Social Aspects of Christianity
The Wisdom of James - A Commentary

Don Robinson
Expository Messages
on James

Adrian Rogers
James
Devotionals and Short Messages

Dave Roper
Expository Messages
on James

If the Epistle is ‘of straw’ then there is within that straw a very hearty firm, nourishing, but as yet uninterpreted and unthreshed grain.—Johann Gottfried Herder

Gil Rugh
Sermons on James

Charles Simeon
Sermons on James
(Over 100 pages of Sermon Material)

NOTE: If you are not familiar with the great saint Charles Simeon see Dr John Piper's discussion of Simeon's life - you will want to read Simeon's sermons after meeting him! - click Brothers We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering (Mp3 even better)

Chuck Smith
Sermon Notes on James

Click Sermon Notes (following the tiles) for specific Titles

C. H. Spurgeon
All of his Sermons on James

C H Spurgeon
Devotionals on James
Morning and Evening & Faith's Checkbook

John Stevenson
Studies in the Epistle of James

Geoff Thomas
Sermons on the Epistle of James
Well Done

Today's Word
Verse by Verse Commentary
on James
Grant Richison
Exposition & Application

Be a Berean with the comments on James 2:14-26 - see my commentary beginning at James 2:14 Commentary

Valley Bible Church
Sermon Series on James

Marvin Vincent
Emphasis on Greek Word Study
on James

Rick Warren
Devotionals
Book of James

Steve Zeisler
James - Wisdom that Comes from Heaven

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