Several weeks ago Bruce Ware, Professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (for 14 years now!), gave a chapel message at SBTS called “Beholding the Glory of the Reigning King.” Arguing against many of today’s erroneous conceptions of who God is, here is what he had to say:
The preparation of the gospel
The Old Testament points us to Christ
The center of the gospel
Jesus Christ in the focus
The goal of the gospel
To bring about the obedience of faith
The scope of the gospel
For the world
The effect of the gospel
It continues to last because Jesus is everlasting
The motivation of the gospel
For His name sake
I said when we started the book of James that the plan was NOT just to go through this book but rather to have this book go through us! How would you say the book of James Chapter 1 has made its way through you to date?
1. Are you having any trials?
2. Do others notice a Christ-like joy as you respond to these trials?
3. What is your first response when the trial hits?
4. Do you now find yourself praying for wisdom?
5. What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom?
6. Do you remember the definition of faith?
7. What does it mean to be double minded?
8. Are you the type of person who despairs when things go well?
9. Do you tend to get proud when you succeed?
10. Do you know despair and pride are forms of legalism according to James as he instructs about the poor and the rich?
11. Why is it important for us to distinguish between trial and temptation? (Side note - the Greek word for trial and temptation is the same word)
12. Can you recall the sin cycle that James teaches in Chapter 1?
13. Are you working on managing the sins in your life or are you killing SIN? What is the difference?
14. Have you also remembered that what James is teaching we can probably go back to the gospels and find in the teaching of the Lord Jesus?
15. Maybe the key verse in Chapter 1 is verse 18, we went over this in detail, can you explain it to a 10 year old?
16. What does it mean primarily when James says for us to be not only a hearer but a doer of God's word?
17. Are you consistently looking at the mirror of the word and making the necessary adjustments as James talks about in Chapter 1:23-25?
18. Have you notices the word deceive, delude and deceived all appear in Chapter 1? What is the point and what is the solution?
These are just some of what we talked about in our 6 weeks look into the book of James. Do you see how much and how rich the word of God is to the most practical parts of your life?
Now is the time to get out those notes, review what we have studied and mine gold from the word of God!