This is message #1 in our study through James, The Gospel for Real Life (TGFRL).
I have a huge admiration for firefighters. While most of us instinctively run from fires, they run toward and into them. Totally counterintuitive.
But in some ways, we all face fires. Not literal fires. But tests. James calls them trials.
In other words, a trial can be anything from a minor frustration to a major catastrophe.
The book of James begins with a very straightforward, but compassionate perspective on how believers can approach trials from what most of us will consider an unconventional, counterintuitive approach. Much like running into a fire rather than away from it.
James is one of the first New Testament documents written. Most likely written in early to mid-40s A.D.
In many ways, this letter describes how grace changes us. After all, we are not only saved by God’s grace, we are changed by grace.