SERMON DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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?