At a vital moment in history, Peter stood up in the Jerusalem council and reminded the Jewish leaders that neither their ancestors not they had been able to perfectly keep the law of Moses. Thus, it did not make sense to require Gentile converts to keep the law and be circumcised in order to be saved. Instead, Peter showed how salvation came through the grace of God.
James would then give four practical ways for Christians to live in the good of this grace.
Are you ever tempted to hold the Christians around you to a standard higher than that found in scripture?