it is usually my practice to preach through entire books of the bible, rather than jumping around all over the bible from week to week. there are several reasons why i prefer this, not the least of which is that it forces me to study and preach every verse, removing the opportunity to skip the hard parts!

since august i have been preaching through the book of james. james has long been one of my favorites of the new testament books. i taught a series of lessons on it when i was the young adult/college teacher at lagrange baptist church. as i have been studying it again and preparing sermons from it, i have been gripped all over again at how amazingly forthright and practical james is!

sinclair ferguson recently spoke on james at a conference and gave 20 “resolutions” found in james that, if applied to our lives, will necessarily result in our living more godly lives.

  • James 1:5 To ask God for wisdom to speak and
    with a single mind
  • James 1:9-10 To boast only in exaltation in Christ,
    & humiliation in world
  • James 1:13 To set a watch over my mouth
  • James 1:19 To be constantly quick to hear, slow to speak
  • James 2:1-4 To learn the gospel way of speaking
    to poor and the rich
  • James 2:12 To speak always in the consciousness
    of the final judgment
  • James 2:16 To never stand on anyone’s face
    with my words
  • James 3:14 To never claim as reality something
    I do not experience
  • James 4:1 To resist quarrelsome words in order
    to mortify a quarrelsome heart
  • James 4:11 To never speak evil of another
  • James 4:13 To never boast in what I will accomplish
  • James 4:15 To always speak as one subject to
    the providences of God
  • James 5:9 To never grumble, knowing that
    the Judge is at the door
  • James 5:12 To never allow anything but total
    integrity in my speech
  • James 5:13 To speak to God in prayer whenever I suffer
  • James 5:14 To sing praises to God whenever I am cheerful
  • James 5:14 To ask for the prayers of others when I am sick
  • James 5:15 To confess it freely whenever I have failed
  • James 5:15 To pray with and for one another
    when I am together with others
  • James 5:19 To speak words of restoration when I see another wander

(HT: justin taylor)