Most Christians are consumers. We are obsessed with knowing the right theology and following the right set of rules in hopes that God will bless us. Yet, no matter how much God blesses us, we are still looking for more. James says our faith is dead. But there is another type of Christian, one who craves being put to work as the servant of God to share God's blessings with others. Their faith spurs them on to become the hands and feet of Christ. James says their faith is alive.
James in the Suburbs is far more than your ordinary Bible study guide. It is also a parablean energizing story of the lives of six men and womenthat wraps itself around the Epistle of James, making its teachings immediately applicable to modern life. You will walk away with not only a thorough understanding of the epistle, but also the unforgettable story of people just like you, whose lives the Holy Spirit turned upside down.
This book can be read casually by an individual or studied within a group. The final chapter provides everything readers need for a guided twelve-week study.
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Table of Contents
1 You've Been Warned 1
Part 1 The Journey to Servanthood 5
2 The Church in the Suburbs 7
3 Dream Catcher 11
4 The Group Forms 19
5 Mystery and Controversy 26
6 God's Slaves-James 1:1a 33
7 A Kingdom of Slaves-James 1:1b 40
8 The Problem of Having Problems-James 1:2-4 45
9 James's Strategy-James 1:2-5 51
10 Applying James's Strategy 60
11 Asking for Wisdom-James 1:5 65
12 Doubting-James 1:6-7 73
13 Two Common Problems-James 1:9-12 80
14 The Potential of Problems-James 1:13-18 88
15 Turning Point-James 1:19-25 95
Part 2 Servanthood: A Life of Pure and Undefiled Worship 103
16 Pure and Undefiled Worship Defined-James 1:26-27 105
17 A Life of Worship Is Impartial-James 2:1-13 111
18 A Life of Worship Has Faith That Produces Good Works-James 2:14-26 119
19 A Life of Worship Speaks Words That Bless Others-James 3:1-12 128
20 A Life of Worship Sows Seeds of Peace-James 3:13-4:10 136
21 A Life of Worship Does Not Judge Others-James 4:11-12 143
22 A Life of Worship Knows God Is in Control-James 4:13-17 150
23 The Meeting That Never Happened 156
24 A Life of Worship Gives Resources to Others-James 5:1-6 161
25 A Life of Worship Endures until Christ Returns-James 5:7-11 170
26 A Life of Worship Speaks Truth-James 5:12 175
27 A Life of Worship Prays-James 5:13-20 182
28 Goodbyes 189
Part 3 Putting Servanthood into Action 193
29 Study Guide 195
What People are Saying About This
"In the same way Clarence Jordan made the Bible relevant in the Cotton Patch of Southwest Georgia, April Love-Fordham brings the disruptive letter of James to our American suburbs whose inhabitants are anxiously in need of some true undefiled old-time religion. We, the non-poor, hunger for intervention and April's parable about how James could and should be read and lived is the kind of balm for the sin-sick soul that will challenge us to redirect our lives to find harmony with Jesus's teachings."
Kirk Lyman-Barner, Director of US Field Operations, Fuller Center for Housing, Americus, GA
"A must-read for every suburban Christian, James in the Suburbs is packed with memorable characters and sound Christian wisdom from a pastor who sees into the soul of the suburbs."
Tom Kennar, Team Rector, North End Team Ministry, Portsmouth, UK
"James in the Suburbs by April Love-Fordham may be the most engaging biblical commentary I've ever read. Cleverly setting her exegesis in the context of a fictional Bible study group of three men and three women, Love-Fordham shows us through narrative how the teaching of the book of James concretely impacts the lives of people of faith. This is a must-read for every Christian leader."
Kenneth Swanson, Rector, St. David's Episcopal Church, Roswell, GA