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in James

James 1:5–11 – 12 June 2020

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read James 1:5–11
  2. Who is listed in the passage?
  3. List repeated words/phrases.
  4. List 'connecting' words.
  5. What commands does the James give?
  6. What comparisons or illustrations does James make?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What does it mean that God gives 'without reproach' (v. 5)?
  2. What is a 'double-minded man' (v. 8)?
  3. What does it mean to 'boast in exaltation' and 'in humiliation' (v. 9, 10)?
  4. Summarize the passage in one sentence.

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Do you tend to rely on your own wisdom or rely on God? How is this seen in your life?
  2. Do you tend to rely on or boast in your own riches? How is this seen in your life?
  3. How can you grow in asking God for wisdom?
  4. How does your approach to wealth reveal what you are boasting in?
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Ecclesiastes 9:13–11:6 - June 7th, 2019

COMPREHENSION
What does it say?

  1. Read Ecclesiastes 9:13–11:6
  2. What are some repeated words?
  3. What are themes you've seen repeated in the book?
  4. What are some contrasts?
  5. What are the consequences of folly according to the Preacher?
  6. What are the benefits of wisdom according to the Preacher?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. Summarize the passage in one sentence.
  2. Why is it better to have the king be the son of nobility rather than a child (Eccl. 10:16–17)?
  3. What does the Preacher mean by "money answers everything" in Eccl. 10:19?
  4. What does it mean to "cast your bread upon the waters" in Eccl. 11:1?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How much of your life is shaped by confident predictions about the future? (Eccl. 11:5)
  2. Do you shelter yourself from the fear of failure by having space only for the predictable in your life? How can you change this?
  3. How can you determine if you are making wise or foolish choices? How is the local church helpful for this?
  4. Sing "Where Shall I Be?" to God and to one another.

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