A study of the book of James


  • What is something you are interested in that is unique?

Going deeper

  • 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?


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