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?

1 Thessalonians 2:1-12 - May 18th 2018

Sharing the Gospel & our lives

Read 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12

  1. What circumstances did Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy find themselves in through sharing the gospel?
    1. Why?
    2. What about the gospel would lead to these kinds of reactions?
    3. Does that mean the gospel is flawed/wrong?
  2. Why did they keep going if they were seeing this kind of response?
  3. What are their motives for preaching the gospel? What are not?
  4. What characterized the manner or way in which they shared the gospel?
  5. What else did they share with the Thessalonians and why?
  6. What kind of demands could they have made? What did they do instead?
  7. What did they exhort or encourage the Thessalonians to do? What does that mean/look like? 

Application:

  1. Are you sharing the gospel with others? How are they responding? What keeps you going? According to this passage what should?
  2. How are you sharing the gospel? (Consider actually how you do it, and what are your motives/character)
  3. Who are you sharing "your own selves"? How would you define what that means?
  4. How can we cultivate:
    1. endurance in suffering/being treated shamefully/conflict as a result of sharing the gospel?
    2. this kind of parental love/affection for others?
    3. this kind of attitude and boldness in sharing the gospel?
    4. walking in a manner worthy of God?