The Book of James|Chapter 2

Updated: May 26, 2020

Hey y'all!

Let's take some time to read Chapter 2 a few times this week and challenge ourselves to read the book, in it’s entirety, at least once weekly during the study.

James Chapter 2 Observation Questions:

(We will keep these in mind each week)

1. Where (or how) do you see the Gospel in this chapter?

2. What attributes of God were exhibited?

3. What are repeated words/phrases? What is their significance?

“You can't pick and choose these things, specializing in keeping one or two things in God's law and ignoring others.” James 2:10 (MSG)

Helpful Content:

I'm pulling from a few different resources this week as we look at two main themes, The Sin of Partiality and Faith without Works is Dead (as labeled in my ESV).

RightNow Media has a great series by Francis Chan on The Book of James. There are two seven minute videos for the second chapter, here's the link if you're interested:

Study Questions:

1. In 2-3 sentences, summarize Chapter 2.

2.Read the following passages:

  • Luke 7:36-50 | What was the Pharisee’s attitude toward the “sinful woman”? Do you think this was reasonable? What point did Jesus make?

  • Acts 10:34-35| When Peter says that God does not show favoritism, what does he mean?

  • Matthew 25:40-43 | What does this say about Jesus entering into the suffering of those who often find themselves on the receiving end of the sin of partiality? How does this make you feel?

3. Reflect:

  • In which areas of your life do you find yourself showing partiality/favoritism (groups of people/family members/etc.)?

  • How does partiality/favoritism manifest in your life (do you avoid others/show favor to others/subconsciously or consciously have less patience and/or grace with others/is it internal)?

Before or after answering this question, take a look at Matt Chandlers short reminder, "genuine faith means there's progress, not perfection" (less than two mins).

The Five Solas state we're saved by grace alone, by faith alone, in Christ alone, according to God's Word alone, all for God's glory alone. This was one of the major turning points in the Reformation as it summarized their convictions about the essentials of Christianity, turning the average person towards the God of the Bible and away from a score keeping, unapproachable deity. We are not saved by works. Again, we are not saved by works. One more time for my own legalistic little heart, we are not saved by works. That being said, let's take a look at what James had to say on faith and works.

4. The word "faith" is used twelve times in this chapter. TWELVE. "Works" is used 9 times. In your own words, what is a simple description of faith? Of works?

5. What are the similarities and differences in reading Rahab's name next to Abraham's name as an example of faith (2:21-25)? How would this have impacted the original audience? How does it impact you?

6. Re-read verses 17, 20 and 26. Why do you think James stated this same idea three times, in such quick succession?

7. Reflection:

  • Do you struggle to see the value in works when it feels like discipline?

  • In what areas of your life do you find it harder to marry faith and works?

  • In what areas of your life, if any, do you find yourself more bent towards merited works (either in God's eyes or man's)?

Love you all, see you ladies on Sunday !

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