What are you saying?
Read James 4:11-12
- What does James warn against doing? Who does he warn?
- What is the reason he gives for why we should do this?
- Why is speaking evil against a brother the same as speaking against the law?
- What position does someone claim for themselves when they speak against the law?
- Whose rightful position are they therefore taking?
Read James 4:13-17
- What is wrong with the statement James says people make (v13)?
- What does James say you ought to say instead? What is the reason why you ought to say what he suggests?
- What does he teach about your control over your life?
- If you fail to do what he says, what do you boast in?
- What is James’ conclusion? How does this relate to what he’s been saying?
- What is the relationship between these two sections? What is the common issue James is addressing?
- What areas of your own life are addressed by James’ instructions?
- What do these very specific signs indicate about a person’s heart?
- What is the best way to address and stop these specific sins?
- What makes these practical instructions uniquely Christian?