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 page 13) 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

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

Paul Apple
A Devotional Commentary

I. Character of Faith

A. (James 1:1-12) Persevering under Trials     >>> Will

B. (James 1:13-18) Progress of Temptation

C. (James 1:19-27) Planting the Word             >>> Word  

D. (James 2:1-13) Personal Favoritism            >>> Works

E. (James 2:14-26) Performance of Faith

II. Control of Faith

A. (James 3:1-12) Power of the Tongue           >>> Words  

B. (James 3:13-18) Portrait of Pure Wisdom   >>> Wisdom

III. Conflicts of Faith

A. (James 4:1-12) Perversity of Pleasures     >>> Worldliness

B. (James 4:13-5:6) Pride of the Rich            >>> Wealth

IV. Consummation of Faith

A. (James 5:7-12) Patient Endurance            >>> Wait

B. (James 5:13-20) Prayer and Restoration  >>> Wholeness

Here is an example of the type of quotes in this commentary

Allen: "Problems Purify my Faith… James uses the word 'testing' - as in testing gold and silver. You would heat them up very hot until the impurities were burned off. Job said, 'But God knows the way that I take, and when he has tested me, I will come out like gold.' Job 23:10 (NCV) God is not interested in watching our faith get torpedoed. God desires that our faith would be 'approved.' A student who is accepted by the admissions office of a college can say, 'I am a student.' But until that person takes tests and exams, no one can actually affirm that he is worthy of the name 'student.' They only way to determine the validity of a student’s work is to see the performance on exams. Christians are a lot like tea bags. You don’t know what’s inside of them until you drop them in hot water. Your faith develops when things don’t go as planned. It purifies your faith."

William Barclay
James Commentary

Hiebert - Barclay holds that our book of James is the substance of a sermon preached by James, the Lord's brother, taken down by someone else and translated into Greek with a few additions. Barclay's own translation is printed at the beginning of each of the paragraphs into which the epistle is divided. Most valuable for its word studies and background material.

See Critique of Barclay who is not always fully orthodox

Albert Barnes
Notes on the New Testament

Brian Bell
Calvary Chapel, Murrieta
Notes on James

Nice outline format with pithy sayings and practical application - here is a sample from James 1:1 -11

Intro:James is a very practical book that discusses “living the Faith”! It’s the N.T.’s book of Proverbs; you’ll hear bits of the Sermon on the Mount in it; & you’ll see many O.T. word pictures & references. James refers to: Abraham, Isaac, Rahab, Job, & Elijah, & alludes to 21 O.T. books! It’s main point – “True Faith is a Faith that Works!”If we truly practice our faith it will be seen in: How we face trials (ch.1); How we treat people (ch.2); What we say (ch.3); How we deal w/ sin in our lives (ch.4); How we Pray (ch.5). It deals w/the crucial relationship between faith & active works! It’s balancing right belief w/ right behavior. How will we study this book? “See Christianity must not only be believed, it must be lived!”  The type of Christianity that has “no experience of a changed life”, is no Christianity at all!  The proof of real faith is a changed life! Here is plenty of practical advice on Christian living! You could call it the “How-To” Book on Christian Living! (Christian Living for Dummies!) “The true seed of saving faith is verified by the tangible fruit of serving faith.” Will you take the challenge this morning (& each Sunday morn) to be a “doer” of James words? We will not be the same at the end of this book if we prayerfully ask the Spirit to apply what we learn. E. J. Goodspeed called James, “just a handful of pearls, dropped one by one into the hearers mind.”

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

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

Bible.org Resources
Resources that Reference James

John Calvin
Commentary on James

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

Highly Recommended.

Most files below are Pdf. For Audio versions and an HTML page with Scripture popups see James at Bible.org

These sermons are the same material found in Pastor Cole's book if you prefer Kindle or Paperback format

Notice that his book has 8 customer reviews and all give it Five Stars! Click to read some of the reviews.

Great tool if you are leading a Bible study, are preaching through the book of James or simply studying it on your own. 

Thomas Constable
Expository Notes
Book of James

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

150 pages of transcripts

Click here if you would rather listen.

J Ligon Duncan
James Sermons

Theodore Epp
Devotionals
BacktotheBible.org

Explore the Bible
The Book of James

James: Responsible Faith

Older Explore the Bible Series

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

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

  1. Also in Study Guides above - The Purpose of Trials
  2. Also in Study Guides above - James 1:13-17 Whose Fault is our Temptation?
  3. Also in Study Guides above -James 1:18  Born to Holiness

JOHN MACARTHUR'S QUESTIONS AND 
ANSWERS ON JAMES

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.

Cyril Barber: First published in 1693, these exhaustive studies highlight the special relevance of this epistle to the situations facing the church. (The Minister's Library. Volume 1)

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)

Cyril Barber: An encyclopedic work on the Greek Text. Regarded by many as the most important critical commentary on this portion of God's Word. Technical. (The Minister's Library. Volume 1)

Cyril Barber: A work of massive scholarship that ranks among the most important exegetical works ever published on this epistle. (The Minister's Library. Volume 2)

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

Best Commentaries on Epistle of James

HENRY MORRIS

Defender's Study Bible - Excellent, conservative, literal study Bible notes from a leading Creationist.

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

CHRIS BENFIELD - sermon series

ANDREW BENNETT

JIM BOMKAMP

DOUGLAS MOO

JOHN BURNS

GEORGE DAVIS

J LIGON DUNCAN and Gabe Fluhrer 

DICTIONARY ARTICLES

DAVID DOCKERY

MICHAEL FRONCZAK

GENE GETZ - short videos emphasizing principles

  • James; Principle #1; James 1:1-4; Persecution and Trials: When we face various trials, we should ask God to help us view these painful experiences as opportunities to become more mature in our spiritual walk with Jesus Christ. Video
  • James; Principle #2; James 1:5-8; Wisdom from Above: To face trials with a proper perspective, we must seek God's wisdom through faith and prayer. Video
  • James; Principle #3; James 1:9-12; A Biblical Priority: Regardless of our earthly possessions, we are to remember that what ultimately matters is our eternal inheritance. Video
  • James; Principle #4; James 1:13-18; Temptation and Rationalization: We must take full responsibility for our sinful attitudes and actions. Video
  • James; Principle #5; James 1:19-27;  Applying God's Word: To please God, we must not only listen to His Word but also put it into practice. Video
  • James; Principle #6; James 2:1-13 Avoiding Prejudice: We are to honor one another without showing favoritism. Video
  • James; Principle #7; James 2:14-26; Good Works: If our profession of faith does not eventuate in good works, we should evaluate the validity of our salvation experience. Video
  • James; Principle #8; James 3:1-12; Sinful Anger: To keep our words from becoming destructive, we must be able to control what we say. Video
  • James; Principle #9; James 3:13-18; Heavenly and Earthly Wisdom: To gain God's wisdom, we must walk by the Spirit and not in the flesh. Video
  • James; Principle #10; James 4:1-10; Humility versus Pride: To apply God's wisdom, we are to imitate Christ's example of humility. Video
  • James; Principle #11; James 4:13-17; Money and Humility: When we accumulate and use material possessions, we are to reflect Christlike humility. Video
  • James; Principle #12; James 5:1-6; Materialistic Idolatry: Spiritual leaders should warn people never to allow materialism to deprive them of eternal life. Video
  • James; Principle #13; James 5:7-12 Christ's Return: When we are frustrated and distracted by people who are evil and cruel, we are to focus on our eternal hope in Jesus Christ. Video
  • James; Principle #14; James 5:13-20;  Prayers of the Righteous: When we are experiencing various illnesses, we should seek guidance and prayer from the leaders in our churches who are living godly and righteous lives. Video

BRUCE GOETTSCHE - sermons on James

GOTQUESTIONS - Sound Biblical answers to questions related to the Book of James

JAMES GRAY

D EDMOND HIEBERT

ROBERT HILL

STEVE KRELOFF

DAVID LEGGE - sermons

LIFEWAY - sermons

JOHN MACARTHUR

BRYN MACPHAIL - sermons 

MASTER'S BIBLE CHURCH Sermon Series on James

Quick overview suggests these are an excellent resource (e.g., 21 pages on James 1:2-4!)

J VERNON MCGEE

JAMES ORR

PASTORLIFE - sermons from various pastors

Looking at the Greeting in James 1 James  1 :1 James, Intro to David E. Owen
Triumphant Trials James  1 :1-12 Trials; Troubles; Faith; Growth, Christian J. Mike Minnix
Triumph In Times Of Trial James  1 :1-12 Faith; Trials; Triumph in Trials Mark Adams
Rejoice in the Lord Always James  1 :1-12 Joy in the Lord; Failure of Materialism Denis Lyle
The Truth about Temptation James  1 :1-15 Temptation Ron Hale
Let's Stay in the Fight James  1 :12 Temptation; Dedication; Commitment; Endurance Steve Wagers
The Prize for Passing the Test James  1 :12   Terry Trivette
How To Withstand Temptation James  1 :13-18 Temptation; Faithfulness Mark Adams
Do Not Be Deceived James  1 :13-20 Sin; Deception; Satan J. Mike Minnix
A Life That Honors God James  1 :16-27 Joy; Salvation; Obedience; Christian Living; Tongue; Speaking William R. Shively
The Gift and the Giver James  1 :17 Blessings from God; God, The Give; Gifts from God David E. Owen
The Greatest of all Givers James  1 :17 Giving; Faithfulness, God's; Thankfulness Denis Lyle
The Greatest Giver James  1 :17-18 Giving; Stewardship; Christmas; Gift, God's Steve Wagers
Wonderful Words of Life James  1 :18 Salvation; Life, Words of David E. Owen
The Way To Wisdom James  1 :1-8 Wisdom, Lack of; Wisdom J. Mike Minnix
Receiving The Word James  1 :19-22 Word, Receiving the; Word of God David E. Owen
How To Help The Preacher Preach James  1 :19-25 Hearing; Commitment; Dedication; Preaching J. Gerald Harris
How to Help the Preacher Preach James  1 :19-25 Listening to God's Word; Church Life; Worship J. Gerald Harris
What Difference Does It Make? James  1 :19-27 Bible; Word of God; Christian Living Jackie Kay
Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall! James  1 :19-27 Religion, Pure Vince Hefner
The Marks of a Christian James  1 :19-27 Christian, Marks of; Christian Living Mark Adams
How Real Is Your Religion? James  1 :19-27 Religion, Real; Authentic Christianity; Commitment; Christian Living Steve Wagers
Looking at the Grief in James 1 James  1 :2-16 James; Patience; Wisdom; Temptation David E. Owen
When The Heat Is On, Enjoy The Fire James  1 :2-4 Problems; Trials, Victory in Steve Wagers
When The Heat's On, Stay Cool James  1 :2-4 Trials; Trouble Blake Carroll
Actions Speak Louder Than Words James  1 :26-27 Service; Obedience; Christian Living Johnny Hunt
Joyful Testing James  1 :2-8 Testing; Hardships; Trials Jim Drake
I Don't Know, But I Know Who To Ask James  1 :5 Immaturity, Christian; Wisdom Terry Trivette
A Word to the Wise James  1 :5-12 Wisdom; Trials; Hardships. Decision Making Blake Carroll
The Danger of Doubting James  1 :6-8 Doubt; James; Faith Terry Trivette
Dollars and Sense James  1 :9-11 Money; Finances; Priorities; Wealth; Poverty; Poor Terry Trivette
The Richest Man On Earth James  1 :9-11 Christian Living; Money; Possessions; Stewardship John C. Bryan
The Facts About Favoritism James  2 :1-13 Favoritism; Pride; Selfishness Steve Wagers
Determining the Worth of a Person James  2 :1-13 Judgmentalism; Judging Others; People, The Worth of Mark Adams
A Faith Without Fruit James  2 :14-16 Faith; Fruitlessness; Christian Living; Faith, Proof of Steve Wagers
Faith That Saves Is Faith That Works James  2 :14-26 Faith; Works; Christian Living Mark Adams
Futile Faith James  2 :14-26 Faith; Faith, Lack of; Faith, Believing; Works; Service; Christian Living J. Mike Minnix
The Award For The Most Dangerous Member In The Church James  3 :1-12 Tongue Vince Hefner
The Biggest Little Troublemaker in the World James  3 :1-12 Tongue; Speech; Words J. Mike Minnix
The Most Dangerous Member In The Church James  3 :1-12 Tongue; Speech; Talking Steve Wagers
Wise and Otherwise James  3 :13-18 Wisdom Mark Adams
Taming the Tonuge James  3 :-14 Tongue; Speach; Words Michael A. Guido
Wisdom From Above James  3 :17-18 Wisdom, God's; Wisdom; Peacemakers Johnny Hunt
The War Within James  4 Christian Living John C. Bryan
The Holy War James  4 :1-10 Holiness; Purity; Christian Living; Spiritual Warfare Franklin L. Kirksey
How Fights are Stopped and Started James  4 :1-10 Conflict; Church Fights; Arguements; Disagreements Mark Adams
How to Conquer Conflict in the Church James  4 :1-12 Conflict, Church; Church, Peace in the Denis Lyle
Declaring Peace At Home James  4 :1-3 Conflict Resolution; Marriage; Love; Family; Home Larry Wynn
If Tomorrow Never Comes James  4 :13-17 New Year; Tomorrow; Death Steve Wagers
A New Year Revolution James  4 :13-17 New Year Steve Wagers
Living our Lives to the Glory of God James  4 :13-17 Christian Living; Glorifing God Johnny Hunt
What Is Your Life James  4 :14 Graduation; Life J. Mike Minnix
The Power of Prayer (Mother's Day) James  5 :13-16 Prayer; Mother's Day John C. Bryan
The Power of Prayer James  5 :13-16 Prayer; Mother's Day John C. Bryan
Spiritual Drifting James  5 :13-20 Backslidding; Drifting from God; Repentance Denis Lyle
Money Talks James  5 :1-6 Christian Living; Money; Possessions; Stewardship Denis Lyle
Right on the Money James  5 :1-6 Money; Stewardship Mark Adams
Where are the Elijahs of God? James  5 :16-18 Elijah; Spirit of God; Commitment; Willingness Franklin L. Kirksey
How To Have An Effective Prayer Life James  5 :16-18 Prayer J. Gerald Harris
Prayers that Bless a Nation James  5 :17-18 Memorial Day; Prayer; America John C. Bryan
Prone to Wander James  5 :19-20 Backslidding; Wandering from God; Unfaithfulness Johnny Hunt
Difficult Times - Hope James  5 :7-12 Hope; Hardships; Difficulties Johnny Hunt
What's a Christian to Do? James  5 :7-12 Christian Living J. Mike Minnix

MATT POSTIFF - sermons on James - Fellowship Bible Church

  • James 1:1-8 (docx)
  • James 1:9-12 (docx)
  • James 1:13-18 (docx)
  • James 1:16-18 (docx)
  • James 1:19-21 (docx)
  • James 1:22-25 (docx)
  • James 1:26-27 (docx)
  • James 2:8-12 (pdf)
  • James 2:1-13 (doc)
  • James 2:5-13 (docx)
  • James 2:14-26 (docx)
  • James 2:14-26 - revised (docx)
  • James 3:1-5 (docx)
  • James 3:1-8 (docx)
  • James 3:9-12 (docx)
  • James 3:13-18 (docx)
  • James 3:17-18 (docx)
  • James 4:1-15 (docx)
  • James 4:6-10 (docx)
  • James 4:11-12 (docx)
  • James 4:13-17 (docx)
  • James 5:1-11 (docx)
  • James 5:12 (docx)
  • James 5:13-18 (doc)
  • James 5:19-20 (docx)

WIL POUNDS

MYER PEARLMAN

REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE - study notes

RBC BOOKLET

RICK RENNER - devotionals

SERMONS BY VERSE - click arrow to go to list of sermon on next verse - below is an example from James 1:2

A Joyful Salutation for a Time of Adversity C. Jerdan James 1:1-4
A Deep Spring of Joy S. Cox, D. D. James 1:2-4
Advantage of Adversity R. V. Lawrence. James 1:2-4
All Joy in All Trials C. H. Spurgeon. James 1:2-4
Benefit of Temptations E. B. Pusey, D. D. James 1:2-4
Christian Pefection F. Montague Miller. James 1:2-4
Christ's School of Suffering W. Hofacker. James 1:2-4
God's School of Trial for the Good U. R. Thomas. James 1:2-4
Incentives to Patience W. Jowett, M. A. James 1:2-4
Joy Amidst Sorrow A. Maclaren, D. D. James 1:2-4
Joy Commendable in Trouble Bp. Hall. James 1:2-4
Joy in Serious Trial A. Plummer, D. D. James 1:2-4
Joy in Temptation J. Ayre, M. A. James 1:2-4
Joy in Trial   James 1:2-4
Joy in Tribulation Sunday at Home. James 1:2-4
Life a Perpetual Discipline R. W. Dale, LL. D. James 1:2-4
Manifold Temptations Needed R. W. Dale, LL. D. James 1:2-4
Mercies Travel Along Dark Way J. W. Dally. James 1:2-4
Patience and Fortitude John Ruskin. James 1:2-4
Patience Godlike Canon Liddon. James 1:2-4
Patience Makes the Burden Lighter   James 1:2-4
Patience Waiting Upon Providence Jeremy Taylor, D. D. James 1:2-4
Rules Whereby to Estimate Trials T. Mounters. James 1:2-4
Shaped by Sorrow R. V. Lawrence. James 1:2-4
Temptation a Benefaction Prof. Hy. Drummond. James 1:2-4
Temptation May be a Sign of Grace   James 1:2-4
Temptations Need not Discourage T. Wilcocks. James 1:2-4
The Advantage of Temptation R. W. Dale, LL. D. James 1:2-4
The Afflictions of the Saints Diverse R. Turnbull. James 1:2-4
The Benefit of Trial A. S. Patterson, D. D. James 1:2-4
The Christian's Duty in Times of Trial J. A. Alexander, D. D. James 1:2-4
The Function of Trial S. Cox, D. D. James 1:2-4
The Joyous End of Trial W. G. Pascoe. James 1:2-4
The Power of Trial Joseph S. Exell, M. A. James 1:2-4
The Record of a Dark Day   James 1:2-4
The Sphere of Patience E. Bersier, D. D. James 1:2-4
The Strange Paradox T.F. Lockyer James 1:2-4
The Use of Trial T. Manton. James 1:2-4
Trial a Blessing John Adam. James 1:2-4
Trial a Boon A. R. Fausset, M. A. James 1:2-4
Trial and Joy Peter Rutherford. James 1:2-4
Trial of Faith Works Patience T. Manton. James 1:2-4
Trials W. Ormiston, D. D. James 1:2-4
Trials the Law of Life C. F. Deems, D. D. James 1:2-4

ROBERT SLOAN

JAMES SMITH - Handfuls of Purpose - click here for all the topics below on the same page

  • THE DEITY OF OUR LORD. James 1:1; 2:1
  • TEMPTATIONS. James 1:2,12-15
  • COUNTING. James 1:2
  • PATIENCE. James 1:3, 4; 5:7, 8, 11
  • WISDOM. James 1:5; 3:13,15,17
  • THE GIVING GOD. James 1:5
  • PRAYING. James 5:16-17
  • THE RICH AND THE POOR. James 2
  • ON BEING DECEIVED. James 1:16, 22, 26
  • THE TONGUE. James 1:19, 26; 3
  • THE ROYAL LAW. James 2:8
  • WHAT IS SIN? James 2:9; 4:17
  • SOLIDARITY OF THE LAW. James 2:10-12
  • JUDGMENT AND MERCY. James 2:13
  • FAITH AND WORKS. James 2:14-26
  • FRIEND OF GOD. James 2:23; 4:4
  • THE CRAZE FOR PLEASURE. James 3:18; 4:1-5
  • HUMBLED OR HUMILIATED—WHICH? James 4:6-10,13-17
  • OPPRESSING THE HIRELING. James 5:1-11
  • PURE SPEECH. James 5:12
  • AN ERRING BROTHER. James 5:19, 20

RAY STEDMAN

GEOFF THOMAS

TODAY IN THE WORD - Devotionals from Moody ministry

DANIEL B. WALLACE

JAMES VAN DINE

RICHARD C WELLS

COMMENTARIES ON
THE BOOK OF JAMES

JOHN ADAM

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

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 - 433 pages

Cyril Barber - A classic in the field. Published originally in 1871. A must for the expository preacher. Buy it! (Ed: click it = it's free online) These concise studies faithfully expound the Greek text and provide a solide foundation for a series of message. Works of this nature are rare and should obtained and used by every Bible-teaching preacher. (Bolding added) (The Minister's Library. Volume 1 and 2)

Spurgeon comments - "A very useful, scholarly, and readable book."


WILLIAM KELLY

RICHARD KNOWLING - The Epistle of James, Westminster Commentaries

Cyril Barber - One of the better works in this series. (The Minister's Library - Volume 1)

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
  • biblehub.com/commentaries/icc/james/1.htm
  • Commentary on James 2
  • Commentary on James 3
  • Commentary on James 4
  • Commentary on James 5

A B SIMPSON

HAMILTON SMITH

RUDOLF STIER - 520 pages, pages are somewhat water stained but very legible

Cyril Barber: First published in English in 1871. This work is of value to preachers as well as laypeople. The former, the method of exposition is at once informative and instructive. To the latter, the method of application is enriching and edifying. . (The Minister's Library. Volume 1)

Spurgeon on Stier - No one can be expected to receive all that Stier has to say, but he must be dull indeed who cannot learn much from him. Read with care, he is a great instructor.

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

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C H SPURGEON

JOE STOWELL

OSWALD CHAMBERS

DAVE ROPER

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

C H SPURGEON

GIL RUGH

RICK RENNER - devotional

DAVE ROPER

JOE STOWELL

C H SPURGEON

ALAN CARR

JOE STOWELL

MIKE ANDRUS

DAVID LEGGE

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

C H SPURGEON

DAVE ROPER

JAMES HASTINGS

JOE STOWELL

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

JEREMY ADLER

RAY PRITCHARD

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JOE STOWELL

F B MEYER

C H SPURGEON

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

JAMES 2

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JOHN F. HART

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C H SPURGEON

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J C PHILPOT

F B MEYER

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JOE STOWELL

C H SPURGEON

ON SITE

C H SPURGEON

GIL RUGH

C H SPURGEON

OSWALD CHAMBERS

MIKE ANDRUS

RICK RENNER - devotional

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C H SPURGEON

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Robert Morgan
Sermons on James

Net Bible Notes
on James

Phil Newton
Sermons on James
Well Done

James Nisbet
Church Pulpit Commentary
Book of James

Our Daily Bread
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Devotionals on James

Updated through August 16, 2017

JAMES 1

JAMES 2

JAMES 3

JAMES 4

JAMES 5

Joseph Parker
Comments on James
from The People's Bible

John Piper
Sermons on James

Preacher's Homiletical Commentary
James

Interesting Resource - comments, homiletics, notes, sermon sketches

Pulpit Commentary
James
Expositional Comments, Homiletics, Homilies

Note: The titles below the expositions on each chapter represent homilies on that same page (scroll down).

  • James 1 Expositional Commentary
  • James 1:1-4 A Joyful Salutation for a Time of Adversity
  • James 1:1 The Writer and His Work
  • James 1:2-4 The Strange Paradox
  • James 1:2-4 Temptation As Cause for Joy
  • James 1:5-8 The Need for Wisdom
  • James 1:9-12 The Only True Ground of Boasting
  • James 1:9-11 The Glory of Manhood in Christ
  • James 1:9-11 The Poor and the Rich Brother
  • James 1:9-12 The Only True Ground of Boasting
  • James 1:12-15 The Natural History of Evil
  • James 1:12-18 Temptation and Its History
  • James 1:16, 17 All Good is From God
  • James 1:17 The Father of Lights: A Sermon to Children
  • James 1:18 The Chief Good is From God
  • James 1:19-27 Deeds, Not Words
  • James 1:19-27 The Law of New Life
  • James 1:19-21 The Reception of the Word
  • James 1:22-25 Hearers and Doers
  • James 1:26, 27 The True Ritualism
  • James 2 Expositional Commentary
  • James 2:1-13 Respect of Persons is Consistent With the First Principles of Christianity
  • James 2:1-13 Respect of Persons
  • James 2:1-7 Respect of Persons
  • James 2:5 Worldly Poverty is By No Means Inconsistent With True Riches
  • James 2:8-11 Stumbling in One Point
  • James 2:12, 13 Law and Judgment
  • James 2:13 The Character of Mercy
  • James 2:14-19 Works the Test of Faith
  • James 2:14-26 Faith and Works
  • James 2:14-26 Faith and Works
  • James 2:20-26 Justification by Faith and Works
  • James 3 Expositional Commentary
  • James 3:1-2 A Dissuasive from Ambition to Teach
  • James 3:1-12 Speech
  • James 3:1-12 The Ethics of Speech
  • James 3:2-6 The Power of the Tongue
  • James 3:7-12 The Tongue Ungovernable and Inconsistent
  • James 3:13-16 False Wisdom
  • James 3:13-18 Wisdom
  • James 3:13-18 Wisdom, True and False
  • James 3:17-18 True Wisdom
  • James 4 Expositional Commentary
  • James 4:1 The Origin of Strife and Conflict Sought in Selfish Lust
  • James 4:1-3 Wars and Fightings
  • James 4:1-10 War or Peace?
  • James 4:2,3 Ye Ask Amiss, That Ye May Spend it on Your Pleasures
  • James 4:4 The Friendship with the World is Enmity with God
  • James 4:4-6 Worldliness Enmity with God
  • James 4:7-10 Submission to God
  • James 4:8 Draw Night to God
  • James 4:10 Humble Yourselves in the Sight of God
  • James 4:11, 12 The Sin of Detraction
  • James 4:11, 12 Evil Speaking and Evil Judging
  • James 4:11, 12 Judgment, Human and Divine
  • James 4:13-17 The Uncertainty of Human Plans and Schemes
  • James 4:13-17 Man Proposes, but God Disposes
  • James 4:13-17 What is Your Life?
  • James 4:17 The Greatness of Sins of Omission
  • James 5 Expositional Commentary
  • James 5:1-6 The Judgment on Selfishness
  • James 5:1-6 The Doom of Misused Wealth
  • James 5:1-6 The Judgments Coming Upon the Wicked Rich
  • James 5:7,8 Long-suffering in View of Christ's Coming
  • James 5:7-11 Four Considerations Moving the Christian to Patience
  • James 5:7-11 The Coming of the Lord
  • James 5:9-11 Bear and Forbear
  • James 5:12 Warning Against the Sin of Swearing
  • James 5:12 Against Swearing
  • James 5:12 Simplicity of Speech
  • James 5:13 The Power of Divine Worship
  • James 5:13-15 Prayer and Praise As a Medicine
  • James 5:13-18 The Life in God
  • James 5:14-18 The power of Intercessory Prayer
  • James 5:16-18 Mutual Confession and Prayer
  • James 5:19,20 The Conversion of a Sinner
  • James 5:19,20 The Salvation of a Soul

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

Commentary

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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