Hello Friends! Time to start week five!
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- Your 5 takeaways from your reading of the text.
WEEK FOUR STUDY & APPLICATION Q’S
1. Why do you think teachers are judged so strictly?
2. Read Matthew 23:13 & Luke 12:42-48. Summarize what Jesus taught about those with authority and influence over others.
3. According to 1 Peter 5:2, 3 how should elders lead in the church? Do you think this applies to all who have authority or influence in the body of Christ?
4. Whose tongues is James referring to in 3:3-12? Those of believers or unbelievers?
5. Read Matthew 12:37 & 1 John 1:8-10. What do these verses say about our words and sinful condition?
6. Read Proverbs 14:1-4 and rewrite it in your own words.
7. According to 3:6, what effect can the tongue have on a congregation?
8. Make a list of the word pictures James uses to illustrate the influence and roles of the tongue in verses 3-12.
9. What statement about our sinful behavior does James make in 3:9?
10. Why does James use this particular imagery in verses 11 & 12? Refer to Matthew 7:16-18 to help with your answer.
11. Read the following scriptures for examples of the positive influence of words and make a list summarizing them.
• Deuteronomy 6:6-7
• Psalm 40:3
• Proverbs 31:26
• Proverbs 16:23, 24
1. Do you want or have ever wanted a position of authority in ministry? Do you think your motives are/were pure?
2. Why do you think being a spiritual teacher or leader looks attractive for some people?
3. What are some mistakes teachers in the church can potentially make if they are not led by the Holy Spirit?
4. Do you often feel justified in speaking your mind whenever you feel like it? Does this line up with James’ counsel to control our tongues?
5. How careful should we be about how we speak around children or those who are young in the faith? Are you cognizant of who is around you and thoughtful of the words you speak around those who are especially impressionable?
6. Do you complain and grumble more than you speak of the goodness and blessings of God? What can you do to change your words from negative to positive?
7. In what areas of your life do you struggle most with an unbridled tongue (i.e. social media, gossip, anger, flattery, profanity, lying, sarcasm, etc.)?
8. List 5 ways you can start to bring your speech under the control of God.
1. What do you think “meekness of wisdom” in 3:13 (ESV) means?
2. What does the Bible say about wisdom in Proverbs 1:7?
3. Read 1 Peter 2:12, Hebrews 13:7, and Deuteronomy 4:6 along with James 3:13. What are these verses saying about wisdom and our conduct as Christians?
4. Referring to 3:14-16, make a list of the characteristics of earthly, demonic wisdom and what they results in.
5. Referring to 3:17, make a list of the characteristics of heavenly wisdom and what they results in.
6. Read Galatians 6:7-10, Proverbs 11:18, 30, and Matthew 5:9 along with James 3:18. What does the Bible say about peacemakers and those who sow righteousness?
1. Are there areas in your life that are influenced by earthly wisdom? What characteristics of heavenly wisdom are needed in those areas?
2. Do you think there is a difference between being a peace keeper and a peace maker? Why or why not?
3. Make a list of ways you can start being a peace maker.
HIGHLIGHT VERSE OF THE WEEK –
“Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.” James 3:13 ESV