James 2 Resources

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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


JEREMY ADLER - THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN FAITH AND WORKS

A Comparison of James 2:24 and Ephesians 2:8-10 -75 pages

HENRY ALFORD

GREG ALLEN

DON ANDERSON

MIKE ANDRUS

PAUL APPLE

Well done commentary from modern perspective. Many quotes.

WILLIAM BARCLAY

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.

ALBERT BARNES

E P BARROWS

BRIAN BELL

CHRIS BENFIELD - sermon series

JOHANN BENGEL

ANDREW BENNETT

BEST COMMENTARIES ON JAMES

BIBLE.ORG

JIM BOMKAMP

JOHN CALVIN

CAMBRIDGE BIBLE FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES

D Edmond Hiebert  - A valuable commentary on these epistles for the lay student by a conservative British scholar of the past century. Important introductions and concise notes on the text. (An Introduction to the New Testament)

Logos - A concise book that is packed with practical application, the New Testament book of James is discussed in-depth by E. H. Plumptre. From the author of the epistle, to the date it was written, to the analysis of the book as a whole, Plumptre brings his readers a critical look at James. This engaging commentary expands on the doctrines found within this small epistle, and is infused with scriptural cross-references.

CAMBRIDGE GREEK TESTAMENT COMMENTARY

RICH CATHERS

OSWALD CHAMBERS

ADAM CLARKE

STEVEN COLE

THOMAS CONSTABLE

W A CRISWELL

KAY DAIGLE Study on James

RON DANIEL

J N DARBY

GEORGE DAVIS

BOB DEFFINBAUGH

DAN DUNCAN

J LIGON DUNCAN - Sermons

JONATHAN EDWARDS

C J ELLICOTT - Editor - E G PUNCHARD

James Rosscup - Though concise in its statements, this old commentary reveals a thorough knowledge of the Greek and is very helpful in matters of grammar and word meanings.

THEODORE EPP

EXPLORE THE BIBLE

EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE COMMENTARY - Alfred Plummer

James Rosscup writes - This is a good study in the Greek text.

Cyril Barber - Worth consulting, but does not deserve to be placed high on the preacher's priority list. (The Minister's Library, Vol 1)

EXPOSITOR'S GREEK TESTAMENT W E Oesterley

JAMES FREAM

MICHAEL FRONCZAK

A C GAEBELEIN

James Rosscup - This dispensationally oriented work is not verse-by-verse, but deals with the exposition on a broader scale, treating blocks of thought within the chapters. Cf. also Arno C. Gaebelein, Gaebelein’s Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible (I Volume, Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux, 1985), the Annotated Bible revised. The author was a popular evangelical Bible teacher of the first part of the century, much like H. A. Ironside in his diligent but broad, practical expositions of Bible books. Gaebelein was premillennial and dispensational, and editor for many years of Our Hope Magazine.

GENE GETZ - short videos emphasizing principles

  • 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

BRUCE GOETTSCHE - sermons on James

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

DAVID GUZIK

JOHN F. HART

MATTHEW HENRY

Spurgeon - A Christian man wishing for the cream of expository writers could not make a better purchase. Ministers, as a rule, should not buy condensations, but get the works themselves.

James Rosscup - This evangelical work, devotional in character, has been in constant demand for about 280 years. Its insight into human problems is great, but it often does not deal adequately with problems in the text. The one-volume form eliminates the Biblical text and is thus less bulky. It has sold very well. The late Wilbur M. Smith, internationally noted Bible teacher, seminary professor and lover of books, tabbed this “The greatest devotional commentary ever written”. Henry was born in a Welch farmhouse, studied law, and became a Presbyterian minister near London. He wrote this commentary in the last 13 years before he died at 52 in 1714. The first of six volumes was published in 1708. He completed through Acts, and the rest of the New Testament was done by 14 clergymen. (Ed: Thus James are not the comments of Matthew Henry).

D EDMOND HIEBERT

F B HOLE

HOLMAN PUBLISHING

DAVID HOLWICK - Sermons on James

ILLUSTRATIONS

IVP COMMENTARY

JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN

Published 1871 - Probably best older commentary on prophetic passages as it tends to interpret more literally.

James Rosscup - This is a helpful old set of 1863 for laypeople and pastors to have because it usually comments at least to some degree on problems. Though terse, it provides something good on almost any passage, phrase by phrase and is to some degree critical in nature. It is evangelical....Especially in its multi-volume form this is one of the old evangelical works that offers fairly solid though brief help on many verses. Spurgeon said, “It contains so great a variety of information that if a man had no other exposition he would find himself at no great loss if he possessed this and used it diligently” (Commenting and Commentaries, p. 3). Things have changed greatly since this assessment! It is primarily of help to pastors and lay people looking for quick, though usually somewhat knowledgeable treatments on verses.

Spurgeon - A really standard work. We consult it continually, and with growing interest. Mr. Fausset’s portion strikes us as being of the highest order. 

John Cereghin -  A conservative exposition. He defends Petrine authorship (xlixff); argues for the deity of Christ (619); holds that assurance in Scripture is doubly sure (622); identifies the elements as “the world’s component materials” (627); holds that Paul’s Epistles were already known as “Scripture” (628).

C RYAN JENKINS

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."

JOURNAL ARTICLES

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)

STEVE KRELOFF

  • Prejudice And Personal Favoritism - James 2:1-13 
  • Abraham - Justified by Works -James 2:14-24
  • Faith And Works - James 2:14-26

J P LANGE

LIFEWAY - sermons

JOHN MACARTHUR

IAN MACKERVOY

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

Cyril Barber: A work of massive scholarship that ranks among the most important exegetical works ever published on this epistle.

J VERNON MCGEE

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

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!)

F B MEYER

JAMES MOFFATT

DOUGLAS MOO

ROBERT MORGAN

HENRY MORRIS - Defender's Study Bible Notes

NET NOTE

PHIL NEWTON

JAMES NISBET

ON SITE

OUR DAILY BREAD - devotionals

JOSEPH PARKER - The People's Bible

PASTOR LIFE - sermons

ALAN PERKINS

J C PHILPOT

JOHN PIPER

EDWARD PLUMPTRE - Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

MATT POSTIFF - sermons on James - Fellowship Bible Church

PRECEPT MINISTRIES

RAY PRITCHARD

PREACHER'S HOMILETICAL COMMENTARY

PULPIT COMMENTARY

REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE - study notes

GRANT RICHISON

A T ROBERTSON

DON ROBINSON

DAVID ROPER

ADRIAN ROGERS

GIL RUGH

SERMONS BY VERSE - older expositions

CHARLES SIMEON - Sermons

A B SIMPSON

CHUCK SMITH

HAMILTON SMITH

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

R C SPROUL DEVOTIONALS JAMES

C H SPURGEON

CLAUDE STAUFFER SERMON JAMES

RAY STEDMAN

JOHN STEVENSON

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.

THIRD MILLENNIUM JAMES STUDY NOTES

GEOFF THOMAS

DAVID E THOMPSON Expository Sermons James

UNKNOWN

BOB UTLEY

VALLEY BIBLE

MARVIN VINCENT

DANIEL WALLACE

EDWIN WINKLER

STEVE ZEISLER

SERMONS BY VERSE - James 2

Dr. Beardsley's Address Various James 2:1
A Comprehensive Admonition W. Jay. James 2:1-7
A Gold-Ringed Man Dean Pumptre. James 2:1-7
A Rogue in the Heart M. Luther. James 2:1-7
A Threefold Sin J. Trapp. James 2:1-7
Bowing to an Old Coat H. O. Mackey. James 2:1-7
Degrees of Honour in the Church R. Turnbull. James 2:1-7
Despising the Poor Anon. James 2:1-7
Dishonouring Whom God Honours A. Plummer, D. D. James 2:1-7
Evil Thoughts   James 2:1-7
God Honouring, Men Despising Dean Plumptre. James 2:1-7
Grateful for Poverty K. Arvine. James 2:1-7
Little Happiness with Rich Men H. W. Beecher. James 2:1-7
Men Who Despise the Poor E. West. James 2:1-7
Oppression J. Trapp. James 2:1-7
Our Judgments of Others A. L. Moore, M. A. James 2:1-7
Penury not the Deepest Poverty J. O. Dykes, D. D. James 2:1-7
Poor Yet Good J. Trapp. James 2:1-7
Poverty Gives Opportunity for Manifold Virtues Jeremy Taylor, D. D. James 2:1-7
Professors, Yet Persecutors Dean Plumptre. James 2:1-7
Respect of Persons John Adam. James 2:1-7
Respect of Persons R. Turnbull. James 2:1-7
Respect of Persons C. Jerdan James 2:1-7
Respect of Persons in Church Autobiography of Bp. Gobat. James 2:1-7
Respect of Persons in Religious Matters T. Manton. James 2:1-7
Showing Off Dress in Church C. F. Deems, D. D. James 2:1-7
Sins of the Rich Against the Poor R. Turnbull. James 2:1-7
Taking Undue Advantage of Poverty J. Trapp. James 2:1-7
The Poor Chosen by God T. Manton. James 2:1-7
The Poor to be Treated Equitably Jeremy Taylor, D. D. James 2:1-7
The Rich and the Poor A. Plummer, D. D. James 2:1-7
The Sin of Neglecting the Poor W. Cadman, M. A. James 2:1-7
To the Poor G. Brooks. James 2:1-7
Tyranny of Money J. Ruskin. James 2:1-7
Virtue the Way to Honour T. Watson. James 2:1-7
Without Respect of Persons   James 2:1-7
Wrong Social Distinctions B. Jacobi. James 2:1-7
Your Synagogue F. T. Bassett, M. A. James 2:1-7
Respect of Persons T.F. Lockyer James 2:1-13
I am as Good as You V. You are as Good as I   James 2:8-9
Love of Neighbour Archdeacon Farrar. James 2:8-9
Love of Our Neighbour   James 2:8-9
Love of Our Neighbour not to be Limited by Desert Bishop Wilson. James 2:8-9
Love the Law of the Kingdom   James 2:8-9
Love to the Neighbour D. Jackson. James 2:8-9
My Neighbour Bp. S. S. Harris. James 2:8-9
Neighbourly Consideration   James 2:8-9
The Royal Law R. Turnbull. James 2:8-9
The Royal Law Dean Plumptre. James 2:8-9
The Suffering of Injustice K. Arvine. James 2:8-9
Stumbling in One Point C. Jerdan James 2:8-11
All Sin has One Root A. Maclaren, D. D. James 2:10-13
Convicted as Transgressors J. Trapp. James 2:10-13
Danger of a Single   James 2:10-13
Every Command to be Observed T. Manton. James 2:10-13
Guilty of All B. Beddome, M. A. James 2:10-13
Guilty of All H. Usher, D. D. James 2:10-13
Merciful Severity Family Treasury James 2:10-13
No Little Sins C. S. Robinson, D. D. James 2:10-13
Not Worse than Others   James 2:10-13
Offending in One Point John Adam. James 2:10-13
Offending in One Point Tirinus. James 2:10-13
On Keeping God's Law Edward Fowler, D. D. James 2:10-13
One Omission Injurious   James 2:10-13
One Transgression of the Law   James 2:10-13
Potential Transgression E. H. Plumptre, D. D. James 2:10-13
Real Obedience in All Things E. B. Pusey, D. D. James 2:10-13
Rejected for One Flaw A. B. Grosart, LL. D. James 2:10-13
The Broken Bridge   James 2:10-13
The Condemning Power of God's Law H. Smith, M. A. James 2:10-13
The Defectiveness of Human Righteousness W. H. Cooper. James 2:10-13
The Duty of an Uniform and Unreserved Obedience J. Seed, M. A. James 2:10-13
The Entirety of God's Law A. B. Grosart, LL. D. James 2:10-13
The Inviolability of the Whole Law G. F. Deems, D. D. James 2:10-13
The Law of Philanthropy U. R. Thomas. James 2:10-13
The Necessity of Universal Obedience J. Rogers, D. D. James 2:10-13
The Necessity of Universal Obedience J. Saurin. James 2:10-13
The Necessity of Unreserved Obedience T. Gisborne, M. A. James 2:10-13
The Prejudices of Professing Christians D. Welsh, D. D. James 2:10-13
Universal Obedience J. B. Sumner, D. D. James 2:10-13
Amenable to the Law of Liberty A. S. Patterson, D. D. James 2:12
Law and Liberty G. H. Fowler. James 2:12
The Gospel a Law of Liberty J. Abernethy, M. A. James 2:12
The Law of Liberty R. A. Hallam, D. D. James 2:12
The Law of Liberty Bp. Phillips Brooks. James 2:12
The Law of Liberty Dean Gregory. James 2:12
Law and Judgment C. Jerdan James 2:12, 13
Judged Without Mercy F. T. Bussett, M. A. James 2:13
Judgment Without Mercy John Adam. James 2:13
Mercy Finds Mercy T. Manton. James 2:13
Mercy Rejoiceth Against Judgment L. F. Dimmick, D. D. James 2:13
Mercy's Triumphs J. Vaughan, M. A. James 2:13
Works the Test of Faith C. Jerdan James 2:14-19
A Barren Faith M. Luther. James 2:14-26
A Child of God Cannot Live an Ungodly Life Sword and Trowel. James 2:14-26
A Dead Faith J. H. Hambleton. James 2:14-26
A Living Faith Abp. Sumner. James 2:14-26
A Working Faith Necessary R. Erskine. James 2:14-26
Abraham the Friend of God Essex Remembrancer James 2:14-26
Abraham the Friend of God Thos. Coleman. James 2:14-26
Abraham the Friend of God T. Kidd. James 2:14-26
Abraham the Friend of God   James 2:14-26
Abraham's Faith and Privileges T. Manton, D. D. James 2:14-26
Believing and Doing S. Rutherford. James 2:14-26
Believing and Working   James 2:14-26
Cheap Benevolence   James 2:14-26
Conviction not Conversion   James 2:14-26
Creed and Conduct T. Bagley. James 2:14-26
Doctrine and Practice Life of Archbishop Whately. James 2:14-26
Doing Better than Talking   James 2:14-26
Empty-Headed A. Plummer, . D. D. James 2:14-26
Faith J. Parker, D. D. James 2:14-26
Faith a Nerve-Centre Robt. Whyte, D. D. James 2:14-26
Faith and Emotion J. Parker, D. D. James 2:14-26
Faith and its Manifestation A. Maclaren, D. D. James 2:14-26
Faith and Works T. Guthrie, D D. James 2:14-26
Faith and Works Archbishop Whately. James 2:14-26
Faith and Works Jeremy Taylor, D. D. James 2:14-26
Faith and Works J. Trapp. James 2:14-26
Faith and Works Bp. Beveridge. James 2:14-26
Faith and Works A. Macdonald. James 2:14-26
Faith and Works T.F. Lockyer James 2:14-26
Faith in Germ and Manifested A. R. Fausset, M. A. James 2:14-26
Faith More than Creed Dean Plumptre. James 2:14-26
Faith Perfected by Works J. A. Bengel. James 2:14-26
Faith Shown by Works The Church James 2:14-26
Faith Without Works is Dead M. O'Sullivan, M. A. James 2:14-26
Friendship with God S. Palmer. James 2:14-26
Friendship with God D. Thomas. James 2:14-26
Friendship with God C. P. Eyre, M. A. James 2:14-26
Good Works J. Donne. James 2:14-26
Good Works R. W. Lowrie. James 2:14-26
Good Works D. Swing. James 2:14-26
Inconsideration and Ignorance T. Manton. James 2:14-26
Justification R. W. Evans, B. D. James 2:14-26
Justification William Marsh, D. D. James 2:14-26
Justification by Works, and not by Faith Only James Stark. James 2:14-26
Justification, According to St. Paul and St. James W. Weldon. Champneys, M. A. James 2:14-26
Living .Faith a Working Faith W. Arnot. James 2:14-26
Luther's View of Faith Proctor's Gems of Thought James 2:14-26
Mouth Mercy J. Trapp. James 2:14-26
On the Existence of a Deity G. Clayton, M. A. James 2:14-26
One Faithful F. Jackson. James 2:14-26
Opposite Foes W. Arnot, D. D. James 2:14-26
Pretence of Liberalit R. Turnbull. James 2:14-26
Productive Faith G. Fisk, LL. B. James 2:14-26
Rahab C. H. Spurgeon. James 2:14-26
Religion More than Intellectual Assent A. Maclaren, D. D. James 2:14-26
Saving Faith T. L. Cuyler, D. D. James 2:14-26
Scriptural Evidence of Saving Faith C. Yale. James 2:14-26
St. James and St. Paul A. R. Fausset, M. A. James 2:14-26
St. Paul and St. James on Faith W. H. M. Aitken, M. A. James 2:14-26
The Connection Between Faith and Works B. Beddome, M. A. James 2:14-26
The Faith of Christians Contrasted in its Results with the Faith of Fallen Spirits D. Thomas. James 2:14-26
The Faith of Rahab T. Manton. James 2:14-26
The Friend of God G. Brooks. James 2:14-26
The Friend of God C. H. Spurgeon. James 2:14-26
The Friendship of God Homilist James 2:14-26
The Highest Friendship Homilist James 2:14-26
The Test of Faith J. Eyre, M. A. James 2:14-26
The Vital Efficacy of Faith Theological Sketch-book James 2:14-26
Two Kinds of Faith -- the Spurious and the Genuine John King, M. A. James 2:14-26
Vain Man Dean Plumptre. James 2:14-26
What Doth it Profit A. Plummer, D. D. James 2:14-26
Words and Deeds J. Trapp. James 2:14-26
Words Useless J. Trapp. James 2:14-26
Works the True Test of Faith T. Hammond. James 2:14-26
Works Through Faith H. A. James, B. D. James 2:14-26
Fruitless Faith Charles Haddon Spurgeon James 2:17
Justification by Faith and Works C. Jerdan James 2:20-26

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