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

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.

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

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

D EDMOND HIEBERT

JAMES GRAY

ROBERT HILL

STEVE KRELOFF

JOHN MACARTHUR

MASTER'S BIBLE CHURCH

J VERNON MCGEE

JAMES ORR

WIL POUNDS

MYER PEARLMAN

REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE - study notes

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
  • 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

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

DANNY HALL

RAY PRITCHARD

RICH CATHERS

JOHN MACARTHUR

LOWELL JOHNSON

DOUG GOINS

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

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

ON SITE NOTES

BRIAN BILL

JOE STOWELL

F B MEYER

C H SPURGEON

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

JAMES 2

MULTIPLE ILLUSTRATIONS FOR SERMONS

DAVE GUZIK

MIKE ANDRUS

RICH CATHERS

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

JOHN MACARTHUR

GIL RUGH

DAVE ROPER

OSWALD CHAMBERS

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

JOHN F. HART

JOHN PIPER

ROBERT V RAKESTRAW

RICH CATHERS

E P BARROWS

ON SITE NOTES

C H SPURGEON

JONATHAN EDWARDS

JOHN F. HART

BIBLE.ORG

RAY PRITCHARD

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

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

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

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

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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