Scripture for today
Hebrews 10: 19-35
Sermon Outline for James 2:14-26. Theme: True faith in Christ does His will, works His works.
1. ___________ faith is barren, fruitless, of no benefit to God or man.
A. James examines a person’s faith claims, v. 14.
B Many are content with empty profession, unaware, perhaps of the damage being done.
2. ___________ faith works by love for God & for others.
A. James anticipates an objection, that faith can somehow be separated from results.
B. James illustrates his point by the life of a Jewish believer, & a Gentile believer with a dark past.
Questions for Study
What are some things you think, say or do which are clearly motivated by your faith in the Lord—not by habit, tradition, or fear for reputation—but because you trust in Christ?
If you honestly can’t think of any, does this give you concern?
If you honestly can’t think of any, what might James say to you? What is God’s remedy for man’s unbelief? See Proverbs 3:5-6.
What does the phrase “dead orthodoxy” mean? Is it any relation to an “armchair Christian”?
What practice does God say counts with Him? See Galatians 5:6.
God says we become like what we believe in, what we worship, Psalm 115:4-8. What should that principle look like at work in those who call
Jesus their Lord and claim to trust in Him?
Who does Jesus say are His Family? See Luke 8:19-21
Sermon Outline for James 2:1-13. Theme: as much as it lies with us, God wants us to follow His standards in dealing with others.
1. It honors the ___________ of Christ, the Lord of Glory
A. Partiality, favoritism undermine Jesus’ authority & reputation.
B. Treating people fairly credits our Lord’s Name.
2. It honors _____________ realities God has established.
A. God, not man, is the measure of things.
B. Rather than being conformed to this world, God transforms our discernment & treatment of others by renewing our minds in spiritual realities.
3. It honors the ________________ of God’s Law.
A. Just as God is One, so His will is one, vv. 8-12.
B. Disciples can’t cherry pick which Scriptures we’ll follow, or ignore.
Questions for Study
Name some contemporary examples of partiality, favoritism both as seen in the Church & as seen in our American culture.
James 2:1-13 speaks to racism, classism & a common social & journalistic practice of labeling people so as to generate biased treatment of them.
How does viewing humans as products of evolution promote forms of partiality? How does viewing humans as God’s image bearers mitigate that?
What do the following Scriptures say regarding partiality? Deuteronomy 16:18-20; 24:14-15, 17-18; John 7:14-24; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 2:11-22.
What will we do to ensure we fairly treat others?
Sermon Outline for James 1:12-18. Theme: God uses our adversity, struggles & trials to our good.
1. God ____________ those who endure the crosses He sends.
A. V. 12 describes what awaits at the spiritual endurance finish line.
B. God promises this crown to feed our hopes.
2. God ____________those who blame Him for their fall.
A. From Eden on sinners made excuses & sought scapegoats for sin.
B. Blame shifting dishonors God & gives His enemies occasion to blaspheme.
3. God ____________only good & perfect gifts to His children.
A. Vv. 16-17
B. James illustrates with a major example of God’s good gift, v. 18
Questions for Application
What is the Crown of Life? (v. 12, Revelation 2:10). How does it relate to the other “crowns’ mentioned in Scripture: II Timothy 4:8, Crown of Righteousness; I Peter 5:4, unfading Crown of Glory. What does a crown signify?
In what situations might believers be tempted to say God set them up to fall, to sin? Where did this blame-shifting begin and by whom? How have we tried to blame our circumstances for decisions to sin? How does this relate to self-justification?
What does James say is the key factor in temptation? (The word is used in both 14 & 15). Temptation itself isn’t sin. When does it becomes sin?
What example of a good & perfect gift does James give in v. 18?