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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?     

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