- Explain verse 1?
- As you look at the world how many people have you see corrupted by money?
- As you look at verse 3, what do you believe James is trying to get across?
- You have read verse 1 – 6, how would you describe the situation in today’s world?
- In verse 7 what is the meaning of patient?
- As you are being patient, then you need to establish your heart?
- What door is the judge standing at?
- Has the Lord ben compassionate and merciful in your life?
- What is meant in verse 12?
- When you are suffering, do you reach for a pill; call the doctor; pray or call the church elders?
- You may be healed of what?
- “Fervent prayer of a righteous avail’s much” means what?
- In this day and age we call it backsliding. When you see someone going that way what should you do?
1) Looking at verse 1 & 2 it shows us in general we try to obtain but not get, why? Are you
guilty of this?
2) Ask amiss?
3) Are you a friend of the world?
4) Have you submitted to God?
5) How do you get close to God?
6) Do you ever judge your breather?
7) Why do think James calls your life a vapor?
8) Do you live for yourself or for the Lord? Be honest?
9) How do you resist the devil?
- It has been said that if you lead your whole life and don’t commit a single sin, that when you die and go to heaven you could say to Jesus…..”Move Over” Is this true?
- Looking at verse 7 would the world in general agree?
- Is your tongue “unruly evil” full of deadly poison? Honestly?
- If you have children, have you ever snapped at them right after you just finished praying to God?
- Do you know people who fall into verse 13?
- Using verse 17 as a guide how does wisdom compare3 to love in 1 Corinthians 13?
- Who makes peace?
1) What is meant in verse 1 by “with partiality”?
2) Have you ever been in church and someone comes in dressed to the nines and they
are shown partiality?
3) With that being said what happens when a drunk or a poor person comes in?
4) Verse 5 has a good question, what is your answer?
5) What is dishonoring the poor man?
6) What is James saying about a rich man who doesn’t get his way?
7) What are the two royal laws?
8) True James is primarily talking to the Jews in Jerusalem, who know and understand
the law and in verse 10 he lowers the hammer on them. Does this verse have
any bearing on you?
9) What does the law of liberty mean to you?
10) Mercy triumphs over judgement. Explain
11) James poses a good question in verse 14. What is your take on it?
12) When you pass by people asking for work or food, what does it profit?
13) What is mean in verse 18?
14) You believe there is one God, so do others? Are they all the same one or are they
15) Even though you know the outcome, was Abraham justified in what he did?
16) Do your works make you a friend of God?
17) Are you dead or alive?
- How many types of servants are mentioned in the bible?
- What does a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ mean to you?
- “To the twelve tribes scattered abroad” Does this mean us?
- In verse two “count it all joy” Explain?
- If you have ever prayed for patience, do you think verses three and four are your answers?
- We all lack some sort of wisdom and in verse five is the answer on how to get it, but when you need it do you ask for it do you ask amiss?
- As you read verse nine and ten, what do you come away with?
Who is James? – There are four James mention in the New Testament; James the father of Judas (not Iscariot); James, the son of Alphaeus elsewhere called James the less and was also one of the twelve disciples; James the son of Zebedee also a disciple was mattered in A.D. 44, so he is most likely the author; then there is James, the Lords brother. Tradition says the author was a prominent figure.
There are some similarities between the writings in the Book of James and the letter written by the council in Acts 15: 23-29.
What is the Book of James about? – Faith without works cannot be called faith. Faith without works is dead, and a dead faith is worse than no faith at all. Faith must work, it must produce, and it must be visible.
Faith must be there; Faith endures trials; Faith obeys the Word; Faith produces doers; Faith harbors no prejudice; Faith displays itself in works; Faith controls the tongue; Faith acts wisely; Faith produces separation from the world and submission to God; and finally, Faith waits patiently for the coming of the Lord.
The book is broken into three parts Test of Faith; Characteristics of Faith; Triumph of Faith. The bible study is written in the form of questions, which you can do by yourself or in a group. I hope you enjoy.
Simply put, it is a humble request to God. It is also how God communicates with us.
When we think of prayer we think of what is called the Lord’s Prayer in chapter 6 of Matthew but actually Jesus was telling His disciples “In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven
Hallowed be Your name
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the
power and the glory forever. Amen.
The Lord’s prayer is actually John Chapter 17. There is a big difference. Now using the prayer that Jesus gave in Matthew chapter 6 as a guide one can pray quite well.
DIFFERENT ASPECTS TO PRAYER
How should one praise the Lord / God? You can start by reading Psalm 150 which is titled “Praise the Lord”. When we praise the God, we are exalting His glories and His excellence. Psalm 118:3; “From the rising of the sun to its going down the Lord’s name is to be praised. Psalm 50:23a; “Whoever offers praise glorifies Me”. Psalm 34:1; “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 135:3; “Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing praises to His name, for it is pleasant.
A good place to read about confession is in Psalm 51, where David asks God for mercy. In this psalm David, first freely admits to his sin. Second, he displays real sorrow (God knows if you are faking it and faking it is worse than not confessing). He then asks God for forgiveness. And lastly he believes that God has heard him. In 1 John 1:9 it states: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.
One great difference between all other religions and that of those who truly have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior is that the believe has a prayer-hearing and prayer-answering God, who is alive today. God commands us to pray by faith in Him by the name of Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Lord God said in 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land”. That is pretty straight forward but the writer of the book of Hebrews in 6:8 states “it is impossible for God to lie”. Paul the writer of the book of Titus confirms it in verse 2 “God, who cannot lie”.
Whether you are asking for yourself or for someone else, true and honest words are to be said to the Lord God. If it is His will it will be done. What do I mean by His will? He knows what is best for you because He knows the end from the beginning because He is outside of time. Remember He created it (which means Something from Nothing). What we might think is best is not always right and we need to thank God for not always giving us what we ask for. I’m thankful He doesn’t.
The spiritual blessing of being thankful in our prayer life can’t be overemphasized. The bible says that God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble in James 4:6. The question is how do we become humble? Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:20: “Give thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ”.
Commitment is a big word, especially in this day in age of company downsizing and so many people striving for the all mighty dollar. Many people say with their lips that they accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior but until they truly make a heart felt commitment to Him the true and great blessings may not unfold. How can God truly use you if you are not committed to Him.
Earlier I told you about those whom are called by His name. What did I mean? True God created all things through Jesus Christ but if one takes a look at John 3:3, Jesus tells Nicodemus (who just happens to be THE teacher of Israel “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”. In verses 5-8, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of flesh is flesh, and that which is born of Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes.So is everyone who is born of the Spirit”.
John 3 Verses 16-21 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light lest their deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God”.
1 Corinthians 2:14 “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned”.
1Corinthians 1:18 “ For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God”.
Even after one is saved, we still need to confess our sins to God daily because Jesus died for us while we were all sinners. Remember all your sins were yet future when Jesus hung on the cross for us.
For this reason we all need to remember 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.