Sermon Bible Study Guides

in James

James 4:1–12 - 7th May, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read James 4:1–12
  2. What questions are asked?
  3. What are the repeated words/phrases?
  4. What are the commands/imperatives?
  5. What are the promises?
  6. What does James tell us about ourselves?
  7. What does James tell us about God?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What are passions?
  2. What does it mean to be a friend of the world?
  3. How would you summarize the commands in vv. 7–10?
  4. What does it mean to judge the law? 
  5. How does the gospel connect to this passage?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. When was the last time you had conflict with another person? How was it resolved?
  2. How does your life reflect your deep need for more grace from God? 
  3. What does repentance look like in your life? How do you respond when you sin? When was the last time you confessed your sin to another Christian?
in James

James 3:13–18 - 30th April, 2021 

Refresh your memory of James by re-reading the whole book. It'll only take 15 mins.

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read James 3:13-18
  2. Who are new characters introduced?
  3. What are repeated words/phrases?
  4. What locations or settings are mentioned?
  5. What are different responses to the word?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. How is wisdom seen or not seen?
  2. What is the connection between wisdom and...
    1. our conduct (v.13)?
    2. truth/falsehood (v. 14)?
    3. spirituality (v.15)?
    4. relationships (vv.17-18)?
  3. What are "bitter jealousy and selfish ambition" (vv.14, 16)?
  4. How do we get wisdom from above?
  5. How does the gospel connect to this passage?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How does the gospel empower a life of wisdom in us?
  2. Where are you tempted to be bitterly jealous or pursue selfish ambitions? (Another way to consider this question is- where is there disorder or vile behaviour in your life?) Repent of these sinful heart desires.
  3. In what ways can you pursue and promote the characteristics of wisdom from above unfolded in vv.17-18?
  4. Pray for Covenant Hope to be kept from earthly, unspiritual, demonic "wisdom" and to be showing "the meekness of wisdom [from above]" by growing in godliness.  

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