James: Faith That Works

ESV Edition

By R. Kent Hughes

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One of the most practical books in the New Testament, the book of James is a call to action. This epistle focuses on the outworking of the Christian life, pointing us to the necessary relationship between faith and works. In a world of trials, temptation, conflict, and conceit, James urges us to demonstrate our faith through the way we live.

Pastor Kent Hughes walks readers through what James has to teach us about persevering through suffering, taming the tongue, recognizing true wisdom, and living out the Word of God. With relevant discussions and practical applications, this commentary will help anyone teaching or studying the letter of James understand a crucial truth about genuine faith: it always produces good works.

Part of the Preaching the Word series.

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R. Kent Hughes

R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, and former professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He serves as the series editor for the Preaching the Word commentary series and is the author or coauthor of many books. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Spokane, Washington, and have four children and an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.

Product Details

Category: Commentaries & Reference
Format: Hardcover w/ Jacket
Page Count: 304
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 20.64 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-3846-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-3846-9
ISBN-UPC: 9781433538469
Case Quantity: 20
Published: September 30, 2015

Table of Contents

  1. Count It All Joy (1:1–4)
  2. If Any of You Lacks Wisdom (1:5–8)
  3. Wisdom for the Humble and the High (1:9–12)
  4. The Source and Course of Temptation (1:13–15)
  5. The Goodness of God (1:16–18)
  6. Accepting the Word (1:19–21)
  7. Doing the Word (1:22–25)
  8. Acceptable Religion (1:26, 27)
  9. The Folly of Favoritism (2:1–7)
  10. The Perils of Favoritism (2:8–13)
  11. Real Faith, Part 1 (2:14–19)
  12. Real Faith, Part 2 (2:20–26)
  13. The Peril of Teaching (3:1, 2)
  14. The Mighty Tongue (3:3–12)
  15. Wisdom from Below (3:13–16)
  16. Wisdom from Above (3:17, 18)
  17. Troubles’ Source (4:1–3)
  18. He Gives Us More Grace (4:4–6)
  19. The Gravity of Grace (4:7–10)
  20. Watch What You Say (4:11, 12)
  21. Deo Volente (4:13–17)
  22. Riches That Corrode (5:1–6)
  23. Patient Till He Comes (5:7–9)
  24. The Perseverance of Job (5:10, 11)
  25. Straight Talk (5:12)
  26. The Divine Prescription for Healing (5:13–16)
  27. The Prayer of the Righteous (5:16–18)
  28. Spiritual Reclamation (5:19, 20)

“There is a long history of informed, edifying biblical expositions that have been mightily used for God to shape and strengthen the church. These volumes admirably fit this tradition.”

D. A. Carson

Cofounder and Theologian-at-Large, The Gospel Coalition