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 Joel

Joel 1:1–2:17 – November 2, 2018

The day of the lord

Read Joel 1:1–2:17

  1. What are some repeated words/phrases you see in the passage?
  2. What does Joel describe in 1:1-12?
    1. What response does he call the people to in 1:13-20?
  3. What does Joel describe in 2:1-11?
    1. What response does he call the people to in 2:12-17?
  4. How does Joel 1:1-20 relate to Joel 2:1-17?
  5.  What is the day of the LORD?
    1. What does Joel tell us about this day?

Application:

  1. How should we respond to the coming day of the LORD? (Look at Joel 1:14 and Joel 2:16)
  2. What does this tell us about the character of God?
  3. How can we praise God from this passage?