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James: Practical Discipleship (Revised Edition)

A 102-page book by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

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James' Letter is the manifesto for practical, authentic discipleship.

James was a practical man. He had seen hypocrisy -- in himself, in the Pharisees, in everyday Christians -- and he would have none of it! His letter to the early Christian churches is practical and convicting. He talks about heart Christianity worked out in actions. He discusses love and then insists that Christian love can't just speak compassionate words to the hungry -- love must feed them.

James was Jesus' brother, growing up in the same household. During Jesus' ministry, James had been a skeptic. After Christ's resurrection, however, he believed and became the lead pastor of the Church at Jerusalem, helping to set the tone for the emerging Christian movement.

Martin Luther called James' Letter "a right strawy epistle" since it didn't present salvation by grace as clearly as in Paul's letters. But many have found it to be "a right convicting epistle." James has a way of slicing through all our rationalizations and defenses, and speaking to our hearts with power. James' Letter speaks to building Christian character.

This volume explores the letter in 8 lessons. Thought-provoking discussion questions make it a useful tool for personal enrichment, small groups, and classes. Extensive footnotes and word studies make it ideal for teachers and preachers who are doing careful background research for sermon and lessons.

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"This study really shook me and goaded me into going into the right ways of doing things." -- Sunil, India

"My Sunday school class and I thank you for the great lessons on the Book of James." -- Thomas B. Goodwin, Jr., Ft. Walton Beach, Florida

"A letter that can seem so harsh, yet truly has a gentle and loving message." -- Deb, USA

 "Ignited a hunger and thirst after right living."  Margaret, Nigeria

 "I've made more mistakes in my walk with Christ since taking this lesson, or else I've been walking in sin for quite a long time and hadn't noticed." -- Bob, USA

 "To call myself a Christian I need to have active faith that gives rise of acts of kindness, love and generosity as Jesus Himself did when He walked on earth." -- France

"Taught me about faith in action, taming the tongue, the perfect and royal law... I thought that some questions were simple when I first read them, but then I realized they required deep thought, which was great!" -- Carl, Ontario, Canada

 "A great in depth study that got to the meat of the matter." -- Linda, Illinois

Participant lesson handouts can be downloaded and printed for your group or class at no charge.

This study is available in book formats (below), or at no cost delivered via e-mail, with lessons arriving each Saturday over 8 weeks. The book format, however, is more convenient for some.

  James: Practical Discipleship, by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

Paperback format, $12.95. Length 102 pages. must be ordered through Paperback size is 7.5 in  x 9.25 in.  ISBN:     ISBN: 979-8-8077272-4-4. Available now

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PDF E-book format, $8.49. 102 pages. You purchase this PDF e-books and can download it within minutes. You can read it on your computer in PDF format if you like, or print out a single copy on your printer, either 8-1/2 x 11" or A4 paper. To make multiple copies, get reprint licenses below. No tax is charged on e-books. PDF e-books are ordered directly from the author at JesusWalk Publications. (Remember: If you plan to print this out, your total cost will be the $8.49 for the PDF plus the cost of printing -- paper, ink, toner, etc. In some cases the paperback might be a better value.)
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