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?     

Sunday
Apr162017

Lesson - April 23, 2017

What Does God Really Have for His Children?

James 1:12-18 (Message)

 

1:12 (MSG) Anyone who meets a testing challenge head‑on and manages to stick it out is mighty fortunate. For such persons loyally in love with God, the reward is life and more life.

13 ¶  Don’t let anyone under pressure to give in to evil say, "God is trying to trip me up." God is impervious to evil, and puts evil in no one’s way.

14  The temptation to give in to evil comes from us and only us. We have no one to blame but the leering, seducing flare‑up of our own lust.

15  Lust gets pregnant, and has a baby: sin! Sin grows up to adulthood, and becomes a real killer.

16  So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course.

17  Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two‑faced, nothing fickle.

18  He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures.

 

1:12 (NLT)  God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

13 ¶  And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else.

14  Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away.

15  These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death.

16  So don’t be misled, my dear brothers and sisters.

17  Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.

18  He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.

A “Testing challenge” is anything that tries the reality of your beliefs.

 

1.  What is it that will enable you to meet the challenges that life brings your way? (1:12)

 

 

2.  How God does reward our loyal love? (1:12)

 

 

3.  Where does temptation to do evil come from? (1:13-14)

 

 

4.  What does sin produce in our lives?  (1:15-16)

 

 

5.  What is “Every desirable and beneficial gift” and where do those gifts come from?  (1:17)

 

 

6.  What is “life” and how were we brought to it? (1:18)

 

 

7.  What is God’s plan for our lives?  (1:18)

 

 

8.  What is the big idea from this passage of scripture?

Sunday
Apr162017

Lesson - April 16, 2017

Did it really happen like they said it happened?

I Corinthians 15:1-20

 

1  Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it.  2  It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you — unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place.  3  I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.  4  He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.  5  He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve.  6  After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died.  7  Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles.  8  Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him.  9  For I am the least of all the apostles. In fact, I’m not even worthy to be called an apostle after the way I persecuted God’s church.  10  But whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me — and not without results. For I have worked harder than any of the other apostles; yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace.

11  So it makes no difference whether I preach or they preach, for we all preach the same message you have already believed.  12 ¶  But tell me this — since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead?

13  For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either.

14  And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.

15  And we apostles would all be lying about God — for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. But that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead.  16  And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised.  17  And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins.  18  In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost!  19  And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. 20 ¶  But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.

 

1.  What does it mean to “stand firm” in the Good News?  (15:1-4) 

 

 

2.  Eye witness testimony has always carries a lot of credence.  What are the six eye witness accounts given here and why are they so important? (15:5-8)

 

 

3.  What hope do you find in Paul’s testimony? (15:9-10)

 

 

 

4.  Some were saying there is no resurrection of the dead.  What difference does it make that Jesus rose from the dead? (15:11-18)

 

 

 

5.  Why would Paul say that if our hope in Christ is in this life only we are to be pitied?

 

 

 

6.  What will our confidence in Jesus being raised from the dead produce in our lives? (15:20)