Sermon Bible Study Guides

in James

James 4:11-17 - February 9th 2018

What are you saying?

Read James 4:11-12

  1. What does James warn against doing? Who does he warn?
  2. What is the reason he gives for why we should do this?
  3. Why is speaking evil against a brother the same as speaking against the law?
  4. What position does someone claim for themselves when they speak against the law?
  5. Whose rightful position are they therefore taking?

Read James 4:13-17

  1. What is wrong with the statement James says people make (v13)?
  2. What does James say you ought to say instead? What is the reason why you ought to say what he suggests?
  3. What does he teach about your control over your life?
  4. If you fail to do what he says, what do you boast in?
  5. What is James’ conclusion? How does this relate to what he’s been saying?
  6. What is the relationship between these two sections? What is the common issue James is addressing?

Application:

  1. What areas of your own life are addressed by James’ instructions?
  2. What do these very specific signs indicate about a person’s heart?
  3. What is the best way to address and stop these specific sins?
  4. What makes these practical instructions uniquely Christian?
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in Luke

Luke 1:46-55 - December 15th 2017

Mary’s Song of Praise

Read Luke 1:46-55

  1. How does Mary describe God in this song of praise? (Look at names, titles, and descriptions)
  2. Why does Mary praise God? What has God done for her?
  3. How has God treated different kinds of people in this song?
  4. Why does God treat them differently?
    1. What is God’s posture towards different people any why? (Look for repeated words, ideas, or themes)
  5. Why has God acted to help Israel?
  6. How does that relate to us as the church? (Consider Gen. 12:1-3 - Abrahamic Covenant, and Gal. 3:27-29)
  7. How does the birth of Jesus show God’s mercy to us?

Application:

  1. What does Mary model for us?
  2. What kind of people does the Lord bless?
    1. How can we cultivate this?
  3. What kind of people does the Lord oppose?
    1. How can we fight this?