Updated: May 26, 2020
Please take some time to read chapter 4 a few times and gentle reminder to challenge ourselves to read the through all of James at least once this week.
Francis Chan has an amazing series on RightNow Media. Please try to watch Sessions 8-9 before Sunday for some pretty awesome insight!
1. According to verse 1, where do fights and quarrels come from?
2. In verses 2-4 there are three words that a used in the 10 Commandments, what are they? Why do you think James would want to infer to his readers how they were breaking the 10 Commandments?
3. In verse 6, what to you think the relationship is between the grace extended and the humility described in the latter half of this verse (if any)?
4. What does it mean to "cleanse our hands" and "purify our hearts"? What does James mean by turning "joy to gloom"?
5. Read verse 14, what was James trying to communicate to his readers?
6. Arrogance. Boasting. Pride. Can you find a few verses (bonus points if they're from the OT) that talk about God's feeling towards pride?
"Draw near to God and He will draw near to you..."
1. What are the passions at war within you now (v. 1-2)? How have they changed during your walk?
2. In verse 4 James uses the word "adulterous". Do you identify with this word when thinking about your relationship with God or does it seem too extreme? Why?
3. Verse 7 seems like a tall order. Write an example of a time you submitted to God, resisted the devil and he fled from you? Think of a time you resisted and the pressure didn't let up? Who, if anyone, do you tend to lay the blame with? (i.e. it it your fault- are you doing something wrong? Is it God- 'why are you doing this to me'?)
4. James asks this question of his original audience, I now as you "What is your life?" The image I chose this week was of a morning mist, how does comparing our lives to the mist effect you?
5. Does it feel like pride/arrogance to declare plans? What are the dangers of making long range plans if we don't know what tomorrow will bring?
6.Reread the following verse and rewrite it in your own words:
"So whoever knows what the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin." James 4:17 (ESV)
7. After reading this chapter a few times this week, how does this verse effect you?
This chapter is chalked full of imperatives. The first few verses are dedicated to what we do and the result of that action and follows with a good chunk of imperatives from James, for funsies let's make a chart!
Make space for three columns, go through Chapter 4 and make a list of the imperatives in the first column. In the second column, write out the result of doing said imperative (James is pretty clear in some of these, other times it's inferred). In the last column, write out what that action looks like for you today. Right now. Not tomorrow, not next week, not over the space of time but today.
Imperative | Result | What that looks like for me today
DISCLAIMER: This is not a to-do list. Sometimes it's helpful to take an inventory of our lives to see where the gaps are, sometimes we feel discouraged and sometimes we get to praise God for the growth. If you're feeling the urge to "get to work" share with the group, let's pray for one another. James is a challenging book ladies, it's meant to stir us up.
Can't wait to see you all on Sunday!