Joy Through Trials?

The author of the book of James is widely recognized as James, the brother of Jesus. He became the pastor of the church in Jerusalem and was later given the title “the just” because of his faithfulness to the law and prayer. Since the earliest Christ followers were based in Jerusalem, James would have been well known and highly respected.

Many of you might also know that during this time a man named Saul was passionately persecuting the church. He had permission from the Jewish religious leaders to separate families, throw parents into prison, confiscate possessions, bring people to court and even call for their deaths. This caused many believers and other Jews to flee Jerusalem and their early church family and spread out across the Roman Empire. This is known as the “Dispersion.”

It is to these believers, and possibly former Jerusalem church participants, that