Sermon Bible Study Guides

in James

James 3:1–12 - 12th December, 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read James 3:1–12
  2. Who is James addressing?
  3. What does he tell them?
  4. What illustrations does he use?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What reasons does James give for his warning?
    1. Why is this particularly pertinent for teachers (v.1)? 
    2. What do the illustrations help us see about the tongue?
      1. How does the tongue "guide" our whole body/life?
    3. What does it mean that the tongue is
      1. "a world of unrighteousness" (v.6a)?
      2. "staining the whole body" (v.6b)?
      3. "setting on fire the entire course of life" (v.6c)?
      4. "set on fire by hell" (v.6d)?
      5. "a restless evil, full of deadly poison" (v.8)?
      6. What is James trying to emphasize?
  2. Why can no human being tame the tongue?
    1. What hope is there for us then?
  3. What do v.9–10 teach us about 
    1. How we use our tongues
    2. What that reveals about us
  4. Consider v.11–12.
    1. What is the logic that these rhetorical questions and images teach us about words and the Christian life?
    2. How do these verses connect our behaviours with our identity?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Confess ways from the last week that you have used your tongue/words in sinful ways which are unbecoming of a Christian. (Perhaps even go to that person and ask for forgiveness)
  2. How does the gospel empower you to tame the untamable tongue? What might that actually look like as you seek to battle using your tongue for evil?
  3. How do you treat poor Christians?
    1. Why is this a sign of if you are a true Christian or not?

2 Timothy 4:1–8 - December 6th, 2019

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read 2 Timothy 4:1–8
  2. What repeated words or themes do you see?
  3. Who are the people mentioned?
  4. Who did Paul charge Timothy in the presence of?
  5. What did Paul charge Timothy to do?
  6. When did Paul tell Timothy to be ready for this?
  7. Why will people not endure sound teaching according to Paul?
  8. What stage of life is Paul writing from?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Summarize the passage in one sentence
  2. What does 'by his appearing and his kingdom' mean in v. 1?
  3. What does it mean to have 'itching ears' in v. 3?
  4. What is the work of an evangelist in v. 5?
  5. What type of judgment does Paul expect from the Lord?
  6. What does it mean to 'have loved his appearing' in v. 8?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How can you pray for those who preach the Word (elders) to you from this passage?
  2. How can you guard yourself from having 'itching ears'?
    1. How can you guard your fellow members from this?
  3. How does Christ's second coming motivate you to be faithful in this life?
  4. How can you encourage fellow church members to look forward to Christ's coming?
  5. Sing Never Cease to Praise to God and to one another.

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