Study 13 of 13 on the Book of James
Scriptural Basis: Ps. 130:3, 4; Luke 15:11–32; Rom. 3:24–26; Heb. 4:2; 10:1–4; Rev. 14:12.
Key Text: “The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you’” (Jer. 31:3, NKJV).
“God loves. That is why we do what we do. Because of that love we choose to show compassion, choose to respect, choose to be less political and choose to be more Christ-like. God loves. And all those who bring up barriers, build up prejudice, cause division fail to understand that a Christian must first exemplify the love of Jesus. PFR sings
“That’s the love I know
It speaks in kindness
It seeks only what’s true…
It knows that when hope seems gone
Hope will come through”
….That’s the gospel I know…it’s everlasting.” –Falvo Fowler
1. In your own words, how would you define the “everlasting gospel”?
2. According to Romans 1:16, 17; 3:24–26, how does Paul define the gospel?
3. How do the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11–32) and the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector (18:9–17) illustrate the gospel?
4. The three angels’ messages connect Creation very closely to redemption and salvation. Why are these two topics so closely related?
5. How can we, as people who believe in the importance of keeping the law, protect ourselves from the error of believing that law-keeping is what justifies us?
6. How can we ever learn to love others as Jesus has loved us?