Summary of James
James wrote a series of letters to Jewish believers, but no specific group of people like in the Epistles written by Paul. James is the half-brother of Jesus, who was also persecuted. James is very similar in writing style as the book of Proverbs in the Old Testament.
In Chapters 1-3: James teaches us that if anyone lacks wisdom or knowledge, they can ask God and get an answer. He also teaches that we must be proven in our faith, by putting our faith in action. “…faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” (James 2:17) Therefore we must be doing good, and not just speaking of good. James also explains that EVERYONE sins, keeping some but not all commandments is just as bad as breaking them all.
In Chapters 4-5: James explains that if we submit ourselves to God, we will be able to overcome the temptations of the devil. He encourages us to pray, and pray often. We should continue in patience, even as Job continued in patience throughout all his trials. Finally, James explains that if we bring others unto Christ, it will help to offset our own sins.