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 John

John 1:1–14 - December 20th, 2019

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read John 1:1–14
  2. Who's mentioned?
    1. What does the author tell us about "the Word"?
      1. How is v. 2 different than v. 1?
    2. What does the author tell us about John?
      1. Why did John come?
  3. How was "the Word" received?
  4. How did "the Word" come into the world?

INTERPRETATION

What does it mean?

  1. Summarize the passage in one sentence
  2. Who is the author? Is he the same John mentioned in v. 4–8?
  3. Read John 20:30–31.
    1. Why did John write his Gospel?
    2. How does that help us understand these opening verses?
  4. Why is Jesus referred to as "the Word"?
  5. What other passages are alluded to in John 1:1–14?
    1. Why do you think John did that?
    2. What does this tell us about the identity/purpose of "the Word"?
  6. Why did the world not receive "the Word"?
  7. What does it mean "the Word became flesh"?
    1. What does John mean by "flesh"?
    2. Why did "the Word" become flesh? 
  8. How does one become a child of God? Who makes that happen?
    1. What does it mean to receive Jesus/believe in his name?
  9. Why does John tell us that Jesus has shown us God's glory?
  10. What does it mean he's full of grace and truth?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What truth about the Word do you need to remember or reflect on? (e.g. agent of creation/new creation, giver of life, etc.)
  2. How should we respond to Jesus?
  3. How have you received Jesus? (Share how/when you did)
  4. How should v.12–13 affect the way we pray and share our faith?
  5. Sing Joy to the World to God and to one another.

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