Y’all, it has been a long, stressful week, but we are here at week 2, ready to get into the second half of James 1! Here we go!
IN THE COMMENTS BELOW, SHARE THE FOLLOWING –
- Your 5 takeaways from your reading of the text.
- Your answers to the following discussion questions –
- What would change in your life if you had better discipline/control over your listening, speaking, and anger?
- What are some things in your life that distract you from hearing God’s Word?
WEEK TWO STUDY & APPLICATION Q’S
1. What are the 3 things that James says we must do in 1:19?
2. What important statement does he make about anger in 1:20?
3. Search Proverbs and find 5 verses about the power of our words.
4. Read Matthew 5:5, 1 Corinthians 15:2, and Ephesians 1:13. How do these verses relate to James 1:21?
5. Read Ephesians 4:26. Is it possible to be angry and not sin? Why or why not? Give an example or two from the Bible that illustrates your position.
1. What would change in your life if you had better discipline over your listening, speaking, and anger?
2. From the description James gives on how a Christian should act, do you think you fit the bill?
3. What sinful behavior do you need to be honest about dealing with in your life?
1. Read Romans 2:13, John 13:17 along with James 1:22. What does it mean to be a doer of the word and why is that important?
2. Who is illustrated in 1:23, 24 and what is the problem described here?
3. Read Matthew 19:16-22 & Luke 19:1-10. Compare these two men who heard the words of Jesus. What do their stories tell us about their relationships with religion and belief?
4. Read Psalm 34:13, 14 along with James 1:26, 27. Summarize what these verses say about the connection between what a Christian says and how a Christian behaves.
5. According to 1:26, how can you tell if a person’s religion is worthless?
6. Read Psalm 19:7-11. In your own words, make a list of the different ways the law of God impacts our lives.
7. Read Leviticus 19:9-18. In your own words, list the commands the Lord gives the Israelites on how they should treat one another.
8. Read the following passages along with James 1:26, 27 —
• Isaiah 1:16,17
• Matthew 25:35-40
• Romans 12:19, 20.
Write a definition of a true follower of Jesus in the context of these scriptures.
1. What are some things in your life that distract you from hearing God’s Word?
2. Make a list of ways that you can pay better attention to the God’s Word.
3. Can people tell you are a Christian by the way you behave and treat people?
4. Are you guilty of just sitting in church week after week, listening to the Word but not allowing God to make changes in your life?
5. The Bible teaches us that God’s law doesn’t change. How does that truth impact your daily life?
6. Do your actions show that you truly care about those who are less fortunate than you?
7. Verse 27 speaks of orphans and widows in a very literal sense and should be regarded as such but what do you think the spiritual application is here?
8. Which of the three do you think you need to work on most – being quick to hear, slow to speak, or slow to anger?
HIGHLIGHT VERSE OF THE WEEK –
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” James 1:22 NKJV