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James Bible Study- Week 2

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If you had to give one verse to a Christian, as your top verse, what would it be?
v. 19
Quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger- learning requires slowness; action requires quickness.
Anger would have been a human response to the trials they were going through
James thought it best that they slow down and learn before taking action (wisdom from God v. 5)
APPLICATION QUESTION: When was a time you reacted in anger, but should have slowed down to learn more about the situation first?
v. 20
Anger of man does not accomplish righteousness- leads to sin…why?
Anger grows to become uncontrollable
Incompatible with love
God’s role is judge, not ours
APPLICATION QUESTION: Do you find anger being an issue for you? How should patience, being a fruit of the Spirit, contrast with anger in the life of a Christian?
v. 21
ILLUSTRATION: Jack getting grass stain on his clothes. So difficult to get out.
Unstained- dirty laundry/rags. Stain of sin is difficult to rid our lives from
We must accept God’s word, for it to take root and grow in our lives
v. 22
ILLUSTRATION: Hearing vs. doing- Hillary asking me to do something, but it not getting done. As we have been married longer, I’ve realized the important of doing.
Greek lit. “Become doers of the word...”, presents the idea of growing over time
ILLUSTRATION: Hearing vs. doing- Hillary asking me to do something, but it not getting done. As we have been married longer, I’ve realized the important of doing.
It doesn’t happen automatically, but we must grow toward it. The word takes root and grows
APPLICATION QUESTION: How could one be deceived if they are only a hearer and not a doer of the Word?
Someone could be deceived because they know about something, rather than actually having a relationship with the Lord.
v. 23-24
ILLUSTRATION- imagine seeing yourself for the first time in a mirror, how enlightening that would be. Not only do you see what you look like, you see what you need to work on- your hair, brush your teeth, etc.
The Bible shows us who we are
Romans 7:7-
Romans 7:7–13 CSB
What should we say then? Is the law sin? Absolutely not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin if it were not for the law. For example, I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, Do not covet. And sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me coveting of every kind. For apart from the law sin is dead. Once I was alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life again and I died. The commandment that was meant for life resulted in death for me. For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me, and through it killed me. So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and just and good. Therefore, did what is good become death to me? Absolutely not! On the contrary, sin, in order to be recognized as sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that through the commandment, sin might become sinful beyond measure.
v. 25
God’s word reveals so much about you, that you may not have been able to see before.
ILLUSTRATION: Doctor who learns new practices that will help him better treat patients. Imagine if he did not apply what he had learned.
“Apply yourself to the Word so you may be able to apply the Word to your life.”
God’s law is freedom, not bondage.
ILLUSTRATION: Witnessing and people saying, the Bible is a bunch of rules for you to live by. It’s difficult to live according to the law, without the Lord working in your life.
You will be blessed by doing the word.
APPLICATION QUESTION: In what ways has God blessed you when you have obeyed His Word?
v. 26
2nd deception- religious yet don’t control your tongue
Religion vs. relationship- Religion is external, observable qualities of the life of faith. You can be religious, yet still not control your tongue.
Tongue is the first thing to go when you are angry.
ILLUSTRATION: People say things behind the wheel of a car that they would never say in public.
James’ audience were people who likely were experiencing persecution or some sort of trials in which they may have felt they had a right to be angry and say angry words. James would disagree.
James would disagree.
“How does
v. 27
Pure religion has the mark of service to others.
To keep oneself unstained from the world (v. 21)
APPLICATION QUESTION: If the mark of pure religion is service to others and keep yourself unstained from the world, how are you doing? Which area do you need to improve?
Pure religion, pure faith in God, results in putting the Lord before ourselves- being doers of the word, being slow to anger, keeping our tongues under control, and caring for others.
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