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Knowing the Bible Series - James: A 12 Week Bible Study
Gilbert, Greg

Knowing the Bible Series - James: A 12 Week Bible Study

ISBN: 9781433534799
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Book Description:

The book of James has a well-deserved reputation for providing practical advice, yet it also contains challenging teachings on wealth, anointing with oil, prayer, healing, and the relationship between faith and works.

Through clear exposition of the biblical text and thoughtful application questions, this guide helps us rightly understand James as a stirring exhortation to fruitfulness-ultimately reminding us of the necessary connection between genuine faith and heartfelt obedience.

Week 1: Overview
Week 2: The Testing of Faith (1:1-11)
Week 3: The Process of Temptation (1:12-18)
Week 4: Hearing and Doing the Word (1:19-27)
Week 5: The Sin of Partiality (2:1-13)
Week 6: Faith without Works Is Dead (2:14-26)
Week 7: Taming the Tongue (3:1-18)
Week 8: The Cause of Quarrels (4:1-12)
Week 9: Sins of the Wealthy (4:13-5:6)
Week 10: Patience in Suffering (5:7-12)
Week 11: The Prayer of Faith (5:13-20)
Week 12: Summary and Conclusion


The Knowing the Bible series is a resource designed to help Bible readers better understand and apply God's Word. These 12-week studies lead participants through books of the Bible and are made up of four basic components:

  • reflection questions help readers engage the text at a deeper level;
  • "Gospel Glimpses" highlight the gospel of grace throughout the book;
  • "Whole-Bible Connections" show how any given passage connects to the Bible's overarching story of redemption, culminating in Christ;
  • "Theological Soundings" identify how historic orthodox doctrines are taught or reinforced throughout Scripture.

With contributions from an array of influential pastors and church leaders, these gospel-centered studies will help Christians see and cherish the message of God's grace on every page of the Bible.


Greg Gilbert (MDiv, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky. He is the author of What Is the Gospel?,  James: A 12-Week Study; and Who Is Jesus?; and is the coauthor of What Is the Mission of the Church? Greg and his wife, Moriah, have three children.


"This Knowing the Bible series is a tremendous resource for those wanting to study and teach the Bible with an understanding of how the gospel is woven throughout Scripture. Here are Gospel-minded pastors and scholars doing Gospel business from all the scriptures-this is a biblical and theological feast preparing God's people to apply the entire Bible to all of life with heart and mind wholly committed to Christ's priorities."
--Bryan Chapell, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois

"Mark Twain may have smiled when he wrote to a friend, "I didn't have time to write you a short letter, so I wrote you a long letter." But the truth of Twain's remark remains serious and universal, because well-reasoned, compact writing requires extra time and extra hard work. And this is what we have in the Crossway Bible study series Knowing the Bible-as the skilled authors and notable editors provide the contours of each book of the Bible as well as the grand theological themes that bind them together as one Book. Here, in a 12-week format, are carefully wrought studies that will ignite the mind and the heart."
--R. Kent Hughes, Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary

"Knowing the Bible brings together a gifted team of Bible teachers to produce a high quality series of study guides. The coordinated focus of these materials is unique: biblical content, provocative questions, systematic theology, practical application, and the gospel story of God's grace presented all the way through Scripture."
--Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College


Additional Information:

Cover: Softcover
Number of Pages: 96
Publisher: Crossway
Publication Date: 2013
Discussion Questions: Included