Embedded Faith

The New Covenant letter by James, a letter that emphasizes obedience, is embedded with faith. 

In connection with the previous post...below is a study guide/sermon outline for your consideration. If God wills, this outline will soon be published in a collection of sermon outlines. 

Introduction: 
1. What is faith? Taking God at His Word...(see Acts 27:25). 
2. Need more faith? Greater faith? Faith grows by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).

Explanation:
I. Faith Tested (James 1:2-4). 

      A. Steadfastness and Promise (James 1:12).       
      B. Suffering and Patience (James 5:7-11).

II. Faith Talks (James 1:5-8). 
      A. Purpose (James 4:1-3).
      B. Power (James 5:14-18). 

III. Faith Turns to the Book (James 1:18-21).
      A. Birth (v. 18).
      B. Behavior (vs. 19-21b).
            1. Wrath (vs. 19-20).
            2. Wickedness (v. 21a). 
            3. Word (v. 21b).
      C. Blessing (v. 21c). 

IV. Faith Takes Action (James 2:22-27). 
      A. Explanation: Saved (v. 21) vs. Deceived (v. 22).  
      B. Illustration (vs. 23-25).
      C. Examination (vs. 26-27). 
            1. Partiality (James 2:1-13; cf. 1:9-11; 5:1-6).
            2. Practice (James 2:14-26). 
            3. Prudence (James 3:1-18; cf. 1:5-8; 4:11-12; 5:12). 
            4. Purity (James 4-5).

Conclusion: How can my faith improve?