A study of the book of James
- What is something you are interested in that is unique?
- In light of this week’s sermon, what was new information, challenged, or stood out to you?
Read James 2:1-13
- What does it mean to “show partiality”?
- Why is faith in Christ and favoritism incompatible?
- Who might the well-dressed man and the poor man be in our society today?
- What makes someone honored, or what makes someone discounted and overlooked?
- What are the four reasons James gives in verses 5-9 for why favoritism is a sin?
- Have you ever struggled with the idea of God “choosing” us to be saved?
- How is this good news?
- What does it mean that we will be judged under the law of liberty?
- How does God’s mercy for us in Christ change the way we treat those who are poor in the eyes of the world?
Read James 3:1-14
- Why is James encouraging fewer people to set their hearts on teaching?
- Aren’t we commanded to teach others and pass on our faith?
- Why will a teacher incur stricter judgment?
- What do you think James means by “become teachers”?
- Does this mean you should not want to teach others about the Bible?
- If not, then what can we learn from this?
- Starting in verse 2, James begins discussing the evils of the tongue. In what way is this related to verse 1 on teachers?
- Explain the phrase “If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.”
- Does this mean that we can really be perfect if we can control our tongue?
- What are some ways that favoritism shows up in our lives individually or as a church?
- How does avoiding favoritism grow you strong?
- How does controlling your tongue grow you strong?
- How can your group hold you accountable this week?
- Complete Step 3 of the Spiritual Growth Plan