Sermon Bible Study Guides

in James

James 3:1–12 - 12th December, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read James 3:1–12
  2. Who is James addressing?
  3. What does he tell them?
  4. What illustrations does he use?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What reasons does James give for his warning?
    1. Why is this particularly pertinent for teachers (v.1)? 
    2. What do the illustrations help us see about the tongue?
      1. How does the tongue "guide" our whole body/life?
    3. What does it mean that the tongue is
      1. "a world of unrighteousness" (v.6a)?
      2. "staining the whole body" (v.6b)?
      3. "setting on fire the entire course of life" (v.6c)?
      4. "set on fire by hell" (v.6d)?
      5. "a restless evil, full of deadly poison" (v.8)?
      6. What is James trying to emphasize?
  2. Why can no human being tame the tongue?
    1. What hope is there for us then?
  3. What do v.9–10 teach us about 
    1. How we use our tongues
    2. What that reveals about us
  4. Consider v.11–12.
    1. What is the logic that these rhetorical questions and images teach us about words and the Christian life?
    2. How do these verses connect our behaviours with our identity?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Confess ways from the last week that you have used your tongue/words in sinful ways which are unbecoming of a Christian. (Perhaps even go to that person and ask for forgiveness)
  2. How does the gospel empower you to tame the untamable tongue? What might that actually look like as you seek to battle using your tongue for evil?
  3. How do you treat poor Christians?
    1. Why is this a sign of if you are a true Christian or not?
in James

James 2:14–26 - 5th December, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read James 2:14–26
  2. What are repeated words/phrases?
  3. How many questions are asked?
  4. Who is mentioned?
  5. What illustrations/examples are given?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Read James 1:16–25
    1. How is hearing/doing the word connected to faith/works?
    2. What causes faith in 1:18?
  2. Why does James use the example of a poor brother or sister being mistreated in vv. 15–16?
  3. How is faith without works similar to the belief of demons in vv. 18–19?
  4. Why does James use Abraham and Rahab as examples?
  5. Since the Bible is multiple books with multiple authors and also one book with one author, how are Paul and James in agreement with their teachings on justification, works, and faith?
    1. Read Rom. 1:5; Gal. 5:6; Rom. 3:28; Rom. 4:1–8
  6. How is this passage grounded in the gospel?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How can you assess your own faith and examine if it is saving faith or dead faith?
    1. Why should we be doing this for ourselves?
  2. How can you help other Christians assess their faith and examine if it is saving or dead faith?
    1. Why should we doing this for one another?
  3. How do you treat poor Christians?
    1. Why is this a sign of if you are a true Christian or not?

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