Sermon Bible Study Guides

in James

James 1:19–27 – 26 June 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read James 1:19–27
  2. Who is listed in the passage?
    1. What does James tell us about God?
    2. How does James address his readers?
  3. List repeated words/phrases.
  4. List connecting words (e.g. for, therefore, but, and, if).
  5. What commands or promises does James give?
  6. What comparisons or illustrations does James make?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What is 'meekness' in v. 21?
  2. What is the 'implanted word' in v. 21?
  3. What is the 'law of liberty' in v. 25?
  4. What does it mean to 'bridle [your] tongue' in v. 26?
  5. Summarize the passage in one sentence.

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How do you need to grow in applying v. 19?
  2. Do you try to apply the sermon every week? How can you grow in doing this?
  3. What does your speech reveal about your religion? What about your speech in the office? At home? With non-Christians?
  4. How do you care for the marginalized and the vulnerable?
in James

James 1:12–18 - 19 June 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read James 1:12–18
  2. Who is listed in the passage?
  3. List repeated words/phrases.
  4. List 'connecting' words.
  5. What commands or promises does James give?
  6. What comparisons or illustrations does James make?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What is 'the crown of life' in v. 12?
  2. What does it mean that God is 'the Father of lights' in v. 17?
  3. What does it mean to be a kind of 'firstfruits of his creatures' in v. 18?
  4. What is the difference between trials and temptations?
  5. Summarize the passage in one sentence.

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. In trials, how do you keep your attention on the reward to come?
  2. How can the doctrine of God help us fight temptation?
  3. How can the doctrine of God help us not be deceived?
  4. What temptations do you face, and what is the goal of your temptations?

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