Thursday Evening Bible Study
This week at the Cobbler House we are beginning our study through the book of James. James was a leader of the Jerusalem church, who writes a powerful message to a persecuted people for purposes of instruction and encouragement in difficult times.
In between James 1:1 and 1:2, James tells us that he is writing to the twelve tribes that are scattered abroad and facing trials.
What trials were these people facing exactly?
Well, Acts 8:1-3 tells us that the death of Stephen marked the beginning of a great persecution against the church with Saul and others like him “dragging off men and women, committing them to prison (v3).”
Certainly the dire circumstances that these early believers found themselves in were not of their own choosing, but they were nonetheless the reality of following Jesus.
James takes the opportunity in his letter to challenge his readers to view their trials from a heavenly perspective and recognize that good will come from their very difficult circumstances.
What ever happened to those early persecuted Jewish believers that were in Jerusalem? Acts 8:4 informs us: “Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word.”
Have you ever considered that the reason that you and I have heard of the wonderful name of Jesus is because our early Jewish brothers and sisters were violently uprooted from their homes and were still faithful to preach the good news? Praise God for His faithfulness to us!
I hope you will join us in encountering God through His perfect word and growing in knowledge and wisdom that we may be prepared to face our own trials as we live out our faith in Jesus Christ by His grace and mercy.
"For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin." -Hebrews 4:15 (NKJV)
Hope to see you Thursday!