The New Testament is a collection of twenty-seven books. All of the books come from the first followers of Jesus. Some of the books take only a few minutes to read. But before you read the books in the New Testament, it helps to know what each book is about.


When you see a word marked like *this, you will find the word explained in a Word List. You will find the list at the end of this article.



Here are a few words to help you to read the New Testament book of James. James is one of the books that we call the “general letters.” Paul did not write these books. Other leaders in the early *church wrote them. They wrote these letters to help encourage the people of God. The New Testament includes eight of those letters.


After you read what the book of James is about, you will find some verses to read. These verses will help you understand James. You will see what was important to him.




James was the half-brother of Jesus. He did not always understand who Jesus was. But James came to believe that Jesus is the *Messiah. James was a man of action. He talked about how a believer should live out their faith. If someone says they are a Christian, they should live like one. James shows that he learned much from Jesus. You will find many of the same things that Jesus talked about in the book of James.


Reading James
Verses to Get You Started


Troubles can be useful for us.
James 1:2-5

God does not tempt us.
James 1:12-18

Do not simply listen. Obey.
James 1:22-25

We should treat everyone the same.
James 2:1-13

We should be careful what we say.
James 3:1-12

When we are sick, we should pray.
James 5:13-18


Word List

Church: A group of people who follow and believe in Jesus Christ. A meeting of those who believe in Jesus Christ.

Messiah: The person whom God sent to save people from their *sin and be their king; a special servant of God; a name for Jesus Christ.