“Dispersion” – How does this speak to us?
How should trails be received? Why? What example can you think of in life?
What help does God promise?
How should we ask for Wisdom? Why?
What actually is this wisdom? See Proverbs 2:1-5
What does James say about wealth and poverty?
Trial & Temptation
What does James say about the source of temptation?
Trial vs. Temptation, Outside vs Inside
In Greek, “peirasmos”
How does James describe the process of temptation?
How did Jesus resist His own trials and temptations? Through Scripture (Mt 4:1-11) and prayer (Mt 26:36-46)
What did Paul say about temptation? 1 Cor 10:13, 2 Cor 12:7-10
What does “Father of lights” mean? Sun, moon & stars
What does “first fruits” mean? The first sheaf to thank the Lord & offered for an abundant harvest (Leviticus 23:9-11)
Receiving the word
What does this mean?
What’s the problem with anger?
Where is God’s word described as a seed? Mt 13:1-9,23
Doing the word
What does it mean to be “a hearer only”?
Explain “the mirror”. A mirror tells the truth about the way things are. Act on what you see…
How might “looking into the law that gives liberty” be turned into a devotional practise?
What three things make up “pure religion”? Religion in Greek is “threskeia”
1. Controlled tongue (shows the heart)
2. Care of widows and orphans (corporal work of mercy)
3. Remain unstained by the world (meaning?)