Sunday
May142017

Lesson - May 21, 2017

Taming the Tongue

James 3:1-12 (NLT)

 

James gives us three reasons we have to learn to control our tongues:         

My Tongue Directs ________ I Go. 

        My Tongue Can ________ What I Have.

 My Tongue __________ Who I Am.

 

1 ¶  Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly.

2  Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.

3  We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth.

4  And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong.

5  In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.  But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire.

6  And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.

7  People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish,

8  but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.

9  Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God.

10  And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!

11  Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water?

12  Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.

Thought:  If you could hear a recording of everything you said last week, what would you want to edit out?

 

 

1.  How can a person be hurt by the words of others? 

 

2.  What is a teacher and who should become a teacher in the church?

 

 

3.  What two illustrations does James use to demonstrate how our tongue directs where we go?

(3:3-6)

 

 

4.  What is the result of the uncontrolled tongue?   

 

 

5.  What is the greatest use of the tongue? 

 

 

6.  What weaknesses in our lives does our speech often expose?

 

 

7.  How can you change your daily speech to reflect its importance in your life?  

Sunday
May072017

Lesson - May 14, 2017

What We Do Reveals Who We Are! 

James 2:14-26

 

14 (NLT)  What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?

15  Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing,

16  and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”--but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?

17  So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless.

18  Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”

19  You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.

20  How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?

21  Don’t you remember that our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar?

22  You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete.

23  And so it happened just as the Scriptures say: “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” He was even called the friend of God.

24  So you see, we are shown to be right with God by what we do, not by faith alone.

25  Rahab the prostitute is another example. She was shown to be right with God by her actions when she hid those messengers and sent them safely away by a different road.

26  Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.

 

1.  What is wrong with having faith without action? (2:14)

 

2.  What good does it do, for your community, when your faith does not produce action in your life?

 

 

3.  The Message paraphrases 2:17 as, “Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?”  In what ways is God-talk with God-acts outrageous nonsense?

 

 

4.  What did Abraham do to show his faith? What made Him righteous? (2:21-23) (Gen 22)

 

 

5.  How did Rahab show faith? (2:25) (Joshua 2)

 

 

6.  How is being a follower of Jesus supposed to change the way we live?  

 

7.  How should your being a Jesus follower be helpful to the people around you?                                  

 

Sunday
May072017

Lesson - May 7, 2017

Favoritism Forbidden

James 2:1-7 (NLT)

 

1 My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?

2  For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes.

3  If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor” ---well,

4  doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives?

5  Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him?

6  But you dishonor the poor! Isn’t it the rich who oppress you and drag you into court?

7  Aren’t they the ones who slander Jesus Christ, whose noble name you bear?

 

1.  What does it mean to you for a person to have faith in God?

 

 

 

2.  What might make a person think he or she is more important than another person?

 

 

 

3.  What example did James use to illustrate how favoritism was practiced in the church?

(2:1-4)

 

 

 

4.  Has God been fair to poor people?  Explain.  (2:5)

 

 

 

 

5.  In what way does the church dishonor God when we show favoritism? (2:6)

 

 

 

 

6.  What are some safeguards you can put into your attitude to help you value people the way

God values them?

 

 

 

7.  If we desire God’s best for all people, considering to following verse, what might we have as our focus?

 

2Pe 3:9 ¶ The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.

 

 

 

Saturday
Apr222017

Lesson - April 30, 2017

Listening and Doing

James 1:19-27

 

19  Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

20  Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.

21  So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.

22  But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.

23  For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror.

24  You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.

25  But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

26  If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.

27  Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

 

1.  What is the relationship between anger (wrath) and righteous living? (1:20)

 

 

 

2.  What should a Christian clean out of his or her life? (1:21) 

 

 

 

 

3.  What is the relationship between listening to God's Word and doing it? (1:22)

 

 

 

 

4.  What analogy did James use to describe a person who does not do what the Bible says? (1:23-24)

 

 

 

 

5.  What promise did James give to the person who studies God's Word and practices it? (1:25) 

 

 

 

 

6.  How do displays of anger and temper affect the witness of a Christian? (1:26)

 

 

 

 

 

7.  What does “pure and genuine religion” look like when it is lived out?     

Saturday
Apr222017

Lesson - April 30, 2017

Listening and Doing

James 1:19-27

 

19  Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

20  Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.

21  So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls.

22  But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.

23  For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror.

24  You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.

25  But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

26  If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.

27  Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

 

1.  What is the relationship between anger (wrath) and righteous living? (1:20)

 

 

 

2.  What should a Christian clean out of his or her life? (1:21) 

 

 

 

 

3.  What is the relationship between listening to God's Word and doing it? (1:22)

 

 

 

 

4.  What analogy did James use to describe a person who does not do what the Bible says? (1:23-24)

 

 

 

 

5.  What promise did James give to the person who studies God's Word and practices it? (1:25) 

 

 

 

 

6.  How do displays of anger and temper affect the witness of a Christian? (1:26)

 

 

 

 

 

7.  What does “pure and genuine religion” look like when it is lived out?