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Faith that Works, Volume 1

“Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

The letter of James is vital reading whenever the believer is tempted to be content with knowledge devoid of action, to cultivate the world’s friendship rather than God’s, and to tolerate disorder and selfish ambition. As we’ll learn, James shows us that the outward display of faith will find its roots in the inward transformation that has already taken place. These studies provide a forceful and timely reminder that our creed must be seen in our conduct and our attitude must display itself in action.

James 1:1-27
id: 15901

When Trials Come, Part One

Have you ever wished you could be someone else? Do some people appear to be having all the fun? In this message from the book of James, Alistair Begg explains that everyone experiences trials, but God’s people can experience joy even in the midst of difficult circumstances.

James 1:1-3
id: 2557

Series: Faith that Works, Volume 1

Facing Trials

James 1:1-8
id: 1240

When Trials Come, Part Two

It is all too easy to try to obey the Word of God without depending upon the power of God, and this pitfall is common when we consider what the Bible says about the Christian’s response to trials. In this message from James 1, Alistair Begg shows the perspective necessary to ensure a proper response to trials and the process by which trials can lead to growth.

James 1:2-4
id: 2559

Series: Faith that Works, Volume 1

Consider It Pure Joy

Should the life of a believer always be smooth sailing and calm waters? Well, many people think so, but the book of James gives some solid directions for those who go through trials. Maybe it will help you! Learn how to "consider it pure joy" in this message from Alistair Begg.

James 1:2
id: 2341

Asking God for Wisdom

Wisdom is knowing how to live God’s way in God’s world. In this message from James 1, Alistair Begg distinguishes wisdom from insight, information, and intelligence and challenges us to seek God for the wisdom needed in all of our trials.

James 1:5-8
id: 2558

Series: Faith that Works, Volume 1

The Genuine Article

The experience of trials is not uncommon or unusual, but in fact purposeful in the plan of God. In this message from the book of James, Alistair Begg explains how trials reveal the genuineness of our faith. Through perseverance in trials, God assures us that we really belong to Him.

James 1:9-11
id: 2561

Series: Faith that Works, Volume 1


Temptation is the enticement to sin and is rooted in our own evil desire. Outside forces do not compel us to engage in sinful or evil behavior, but the desire within our own hearts draws us into a disobedient realm. While the devil serves as a source of temptation, the decision to indulge in our desires is internally conceived. Alistair Begg explains that acting on temptation is an “inside job” and warns us to be vigilant against its enticement.

James 1:12-15
id: 2861

Series: Lessons For Life, Volume 1

Rich Man, Poor Man

We can easily reinforce what our culture says about the rich and the poor rather than offering a distinctly Christian alternative. Alistair Begg shows how the book of James offers wisdom on the rich and poor that is both right and radical. Wealth poses unique dangers, but the Christian can find security in the riches of Christ.

James 1:12
id: 2560

Series: Faith that Works, Volume 1

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