James Week 3
September 23, 2022 | Tracy Troxel
In James 1:19, notice that James instructs his readers to be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. This appears to be an outline of the main body of James.
- James 1:21-2:26 is “Quick to Hear”
- James 3:1-18 is “Slow to Speak”
- James 4:1-5:6 is “Slow to Anger”
- The prologue of James is 1:1-18 and gives us the overall theme of enduring trials well so that we are free from the power of sin.
- The epilogue is 5:7-20 and gives us a series of resources in dealing with trials.
- What specific part of God’s Word do you struggle to obey?
- The implanted word is able to save your soul (v. 21).
- How regularly are you in God’s Word personally and with others in community?
- When v. 24 describes someone as looking into a mirror and forgetting what he was like, it seems like this is referring to a believer not recognizing their new gospel identity in Christ.
- Is your gospel identity in Christ something that is hard for you to keep in focus throughout the week? Why or why not?
- Sometimes, a great way to deal with your own trials and suffering is to stop thinking about yourself and serve someone else (v. 27).
- What do you think about that principle?
- Would you consider memorizing parts of James so that you can be doer of the word? Here are some suggestions:
- James 1:2-4 gives a succinct understanding of the way we should view our trials.
- James 1:22-25 challenges us to obey God’s word but also let God’s reminds us of our gospel identity.
- It was the word of God that brought the world into existence (Genesis 1) and that brought us new life.
- Psalm 119 is a great psalm that articulates the power of God’s Word.
- We often underestimate the power of God’s Word in our lives.
- Starting to obey more consistently will strengthen our faith – this is so important when we are facing trials.
- When Jesus is tempted by Satan, Jesus responds to the temptation with the word of God.
- Is it easy or hard for you to recall God’s Word under pressure?
- Preview of September 25 sermon text.