We begin a series in the letter of James, following on from the emphasis on spiritual warfare of the recent weeks’ sermons in Psalms. We spend some time considering the central themes of the book, who the author is and the circumstances in which he lived so that we may have greater insights into its contents.
We then turn to the subject of the trials that we face as believers in Christ. We see:
We are exhorted not to regard our trials as bad things but as something sent by the Lord for our good, which in the words of James we should consider ‘pure joy’.