Bible Study Lesson – December 3, 2019 ~ 7:30 pm
James, the brother of Jesus, writes a letter to believers that had been scattered by persecution providing them with a series of tests by which one may can use to determine if their faith is true or false. Join us on Facebook Live every Wednesday as we navigate the inspirational and challenging book of James.
Lesson 2: So You Think You Can Teach? (James 3:1-2)
- What are the criteria of a “perfect” (whole or complete) person (3:2)?
- We all teach in some form or another. How should teachers respond to this high calling? Should some choose not to teach because of it?
- What does James’ advice suggest about your approach to teach? How should your approach change, and how should it remain the same?
Lesson 3: Bits, Riders, Rudders and Captains (James 3:3-4)
- In verse 3, James elaborates on his thoughts in verses 1-2. By way of analogy, what does James say guides everything we do (3:3)?
- By extension of the analogy (3:4), what happens when we don’t watch how we speak? Is James referencing merely the type of words we use – vulgar or polite, kind or cruel?
- What does the way you speak say about your relationship with others and your view of God? What effect does your approach have on each part of your life?
Lesson 4: Mixing Metaphors With More Metaphors (James 3:5-12)
- In James 3:5, James explains the analogies employed in verses 3-4 and then proceeds to mix the metaphors with others. In what ways does the tongue boast? What aspect of the tongue does James emphasize and why?
- What type of negative power does the tongue have (3:5-6)? In contrast, what good can our speech do?
- James intentionally uses hyperbole in 3:6-8. What would happen if we could learn to use our speech entirely for good? How can we learn this discipline?
- In James 3:9, by evoking imagery of the “likeness of God,” James alludes to ideas from Genesis 1:26-27. Why would he select this terminology? How do we bless God? How do we curse others?
- What actions do we take that result in both blessing and cursing? What actions can we take to prevent cursing others?
Words have power, and when used properly they can bless. But if used improperly, it can cause major damage. How well do you bridle your tongue?
December 10, 2019 – Wisdom For Harmonious Relationships (James 3:13-18)