Nancy Guthrie introduces the Book of James by explaining who James was, where he came from, and his importance to the early church.

Along with his other brothers and sisters, James started out as an unbeliever—though he was a half-sibling of Jesus—until Christ’s resurrection. Guthrie takes us through verses from the Gospels, the Book of Acts, and the historical writings to show James’s journey as the leader of the church in Jerusalem, a pastor, a peacemaker, a doer of the Word, and a man who remained steadfast under trial. In all this, we learn the significance of why James refers to himself as “a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ.”