Sermon Bible Study Guides

in James

James 4:13–5:6 - 14th May, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read James 4:13–5:6
  2. Who does James address?
  3. What are the repeated words/phrases/ideas?
  4. What commands are given to each?
  5. What reasons are given?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What do we learn about God?
  2. Why is it boastful to make definite claims about the future?
  3. What does v. 17 mean?
  4. What have the rich been doing?
  5. What is going to happen to them?
  6. What aspects (God, Man, Christ, Response) of the gospel are touched on in this passage?
  7. How does the gospel re-orient us to resist boastful planning, selfish-indulgence and defrauding others?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How should we plan and talk about the future?
    1. How are you tempted to be arrogant and boastful about your future?
    2. How does this view of God correct that? 
  2. Are you tempted to lay up treasures for yourself? How might this passage help you fight that? How do these truths warn you?
  3. Have you been defrauded? How do the truths of this passage comfort you?