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in James

James 1:12–18 - 19 June 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read James 1:12–18
  2. Who is listed in the passage?
  3. List repeated words/phrases.
  4. List 'connecting' words.
  5. What commands or promises does James give?
  6. What comparisons or illustrations does James make?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What is 'the crown of life' in v. 12?
  2. What does it mean that God is 'the Father of lights' in v. 17?
  3. What does it mean to be a kind of 'firstfruits of his creatures' in v. 18?
  4. What is the difference between trials and temptations?
  5. Summarize the passage in one sentence.

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. In trials, how do you keep your attention on the reward to come?
  2. How can the doctrine of God help us fight temptation?
  3. How can the doctrine of God help us not be deceived?
  4. What temptations do you face, and what is the goal of your temptations?
in James

James 1:1–4 - 5 June 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read James 1:1–4
  2. Who wrote this letter?
    1. What does he tell us about himself?
  3. Who is the recipient of the letter?
    1. Where are they located?
  4. List repeated words/phrases.
  5. List 'connecting' words.
  6. What commands does the author give?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Why is it significant that the author says he is a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ? (v. 1)
  2. What trials is the author referring to? (See James 2:15–17, 4:13–5:11)
    1. What does 'various' mean? (v. 2)
  3. What is 'steadfastness?' (vv. 3, 4)
  4. What does 'perfect and complete' mean? (v. 4)

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. What is your first response to trials?
  2. How can you help your brothers and sisters respond like James says?
  3. What lies have you believed about trials?
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