Questions On The Book Of James

 

These questions on the letter of James are designed to help new believers take their first steps in Bible study. Read the chapter through after praying for guidance, maybe study it several times before answering the questions. You can send your answers to us here if you wish and we're happy to enter into correspondence and fellowship with you as we discuss them together.

JAMES CHAPTER 1

1:6 How practically can we never waver in faith that our prayers will be answered?

Clues: What do we pray for? Is there a difference between God answering prayer and hearing prayer? Is James 1:6 just an ideal to aim for? What is the context of this command (see v.5)? Is it talking about all prayers?

 

1:6-8 Give an example from your prayer life of where this was true for you.

 

1:12 When do we receive the crown?

 

1:13 How to reconcile this with Gen. 22:1?

 

1:27 List three practical ways in which you are going to try to obey this in the next month. How do you understand the word "visit" here?

 

JAMES CHAPTER 2

2:1-3 Give an example of where and when you made this mistake.

 

2:5,6 Are "the poor" here only those who are financially poor? In what ways do you consider yourself "poor"? Is it right for a Christian to try to be rich, if the poor will inherit the Kingdom?

 

2:14-18 How do you reconcile this with Paul's teaching in Romans that salvation is by faith alone?

 

2:21 "When he had offered Isaac". But Abraham didn't actually kill Isaac- although he was prepared to. What does this tell us about how God views our intentions? Compare 2 Cor. 8:12.

 

2:25 Rahab lied about the spies. Does this mean that it's OK to lie? Also, why do you think the spies are called "messengers" here?

 

JAMES CHAPTER 3

3:1 "Greater condemnation". If death is the punishment for sin (Rom. 6:23), how can there be degrees of condemnation? What does this imply about the nature of the punishment for the rejected at the judgment?

 

3:3-5 Give an example of where in your experience just a few words have caused huge problems.

 

3:8 If the tongue can't be tamed, how then can we hope to control it?

 

3:9 What are the implications of other human beings being made in the image of God? What did Jesus say about the implications of being made in the image of God?

 

3:17 How in practice can you be a person who is "easy to be entreated" or approached? E.g., what is your typical reaction to a person who asks you for something?

 

JAMES CHAPTER 4

4:3 Give an example of where you asked for something wrongly in prayer.

 

4:4 If loving the world is adultery against God, what does this say about our relationship with God? What are we to Him? How do you reconcile this verse with John 3:16?

 

4:7 How do you understand "resisting the devil"? How practically can we do this?

 

4:11,12 What does it mean, to not judge others? The Bible warns us about certain people, and about the basis upon which we should form opinions of people.

 

4:17 Give examples of where you have been guilty of this. Do you think sins of omission are as bad as sins of commission? What else does the Bible say about sins of omission?

 

JAMES CHAPTER 5

5:4,5 What is the problem with having worldly riches? How should this affect your attitude towards wealth and riches? Is it right for Christians to be wealthy? Give examples of rich and poor people in the Bible and what God says about them.

 

5:7 What is the "fruit" which is spoke of?

 

5:9 What happens to those who "murmur" about others? How should knowledge of this change our conversations? How can you change the conversation when people start telling you gossip or negative things about others?

 

5:13,14 Make a lost of people who are suffering with whom you could pray. Should we practice 5:14 today?

 

5:16 Make a list of other believers with whom you feel might be able to pray and eventually confess your sins with. What are the difficulties involved with confessing sin to others?

 

5:20 How can we help others whom we see sinning? What is the right way? What are the wrong ways?

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