SERMON DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

JAMES: THE REFLEX OF A HUMBLE HEART || APRIL 22ND, 2018

  • Think about James as a whole. What have been his main themes? 

  • According to this text, why is the church community important?

  • What is the correlation between prayer and faith?

  • How can you respond to the call to humble yourself and pray?

JAMES: Patience: Waiting for the King || APRIL 15th, 2018

  • What three examples of patience are given, and how do these examples show us a different aspect of faithful perseverance and endurance?

  • In what ways and for what reasons does James explain Jesus' second coming as a comfort and a caution?

  • How can we personally grow in our patient endurance and faith in the face of suffering?

JAMES: WHO ARE YOU? || APRIL 8th, 2018

  • What did we learn about humility from our last passage in James (March 25th)?

  • What does James say about judging each other?

  • Verses 13-17 fly in the face of what our modern culture sees as the norm. Discuss this tension.

  • What does this passage say about our money? 

  • This is a very convicting passage. Discuss the ways you can grow from examining these words. 

EASTER SUNDAY: THE END OF THE STORY || APRIL 1ST, 2018

  • Reflect on Good Friday. Why does the church refer to this brutally violent day as "good?"

  • What is the promise in 2 Corinthians 4:13-15?

  • What hope can those suffering find in this passage?

  • What is the "eternal" hope talked about in verse 18?

  • The message of Easter found in 2 Corinthians 4 demands a response. How will you respond today?

JAMES: GRACE ON A DONKEY || MARCH 25th, 2018

  • Who comes to mind when you think of humility?

  • How is worldly humility different than biblical humility?

  • Reread the six ways we resist the devil (from the sermon notes). Which of these is a struggle for you?

  • Knowing yourself and your tendencies, take a few minutes to think through how you could pray for more humility.

JAMES: LITTLE PEOPLE, BIG GOD || MARCH 18th, 2018

  • Think about James so far. How have we seen humanity's sinfulness in this letter?

  • Along the same lines, how have we seen God's grace?

  • What caused James writes out the list of sins in verses 1-4?

  • How does God remedy our inability to live sinless?

  • This week, how should you pray? Think about specific ways you can ask God's spirit to give you grace for holy living.  

JAMES: WISDOM || MARCH 11th, 2018

  • Why would James follow a passage about the tongue with a call to wisdom?

  • What does earthly wisdom look like according to this text? How does this translate to 2018?

  • What does this text have to say about the presence of God?

  • How should we, as followers of Jesus, seek wisdom?

JAMES: THE TEACHER AND THE TONGUE || MARCH 4th, 2018

  • Think about James 1 and 2. Why might the author begin talking about the tongue now?

  • Look at James 3:2. Does this "perfect man" seem obtainable? Why or why not?

  • What do all the examples in 3:3-5. What do each of these examples have in common?

  • Define "duplicity." How do we see this with our speech? Do you see this in your speech?

  • Think about the past seven days. Are there ways that you've glorified God with your tongue? Are there ways you have sinned? 

JAMES: true faith (part two) || February 25th, 2018

  • What did we learn last week about faith and works?

  • Why would James bring up Abraham and Rahab in a discussion about faith and works?

  • Does there need to be a dichotomy between faith and works? Why or why not?

  • How can you respond to this text? Do you have a need? Can you meet a need?

 

JAMES: true faith (part one) || February 18th, 2018

  • Think about our study of James thus far. What have we learned about faith?

  • Discuss the question raised in verse 14: What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?

  • Based on this text, what is true faith?

  • How does this text call us to respond? Think about real actions you can take this week in response to God's word.

 

JAMES: Lord, have mercy || February 11th, 2018

  • Look at last week's text (the beginning of James 2). How is this week's text a continuation of last week?

  • According to this text, how does our salvation affect the way we treat people?

  • What is judgment? How does this play out under the New Covenant?

  • What does this text have to say about the way we interact with those around us?

 

JAMES: keep the faith, lose the folly || February 4th, 2018

  • Read the end of James 1. Is there a correlation between the orphans and widows in chapter 1 and the passage on favoritism in chapter 2?

  • What does this passage say about the image of God as seen in humanity? 

  • How can we fight against favoritism in the local church today? 

  • Reflect on your own life. Do you find favoritism/discrimination? If so, how can you pray? What steps can you take rid your life of this sin? 

 

James: To Be The Church || january 28th, 2018

  • What role does the Word of God play in our pursuit of being the church?

  • How can we faithfully “receive” the Word of God?

  • What does it look like to faithfully live out the Word of God?

  • Think about your every day life; how can you spread the Word this week?

 

James: For Us or Against Us || january 21st, 2018

  • Read verses 1-12 again. How does James see temptation in light of trial?
  • What pattern do we see in this text as it relates to temptation?
  • According to this text, what is the source of temptation? What is our hope in light of temptation?
  • How can you fight temptation in your life this week?

 

James: From Lack to Life || january 14th, 2018

  • Take stock of your own life. Who directs your life? What defines your life? How do you endure?
  • What does it look like to lack wisdom?
  • How can we boast in God’s economy?
  • Taking stock of your life again, how can you more fully rely on God?

 

James: CUT TO THE CHASE || january 28th, 2018

  • How does knowing that James was Jesus’ half-brother shape the way we read this book?

  • Look at the greeting in verse 1. Who is this letter written to? And what is their circumstance?

  • What can we learn about true faith from these verses?

  • Seeing joy in our trials is extremely counter-cultural. How can we persevere and find the joy in the midst of the hard things in life?