(In your own words, summarize passages into sentences. Goal of 12 – 15 sentences)
1. v1-4 Be joyful in all kinds of trials as our tested faith and perseverance brings maturity that we will lack for nothing.
2. v5-8 Ask God if you lack wisdom, and He will give it to you without finding fault doing so believing w/o doubts you will receive, and conversely, if you doubt, you will be like a wave tossed on the sea and should not expect anything from God.
3. v9-11 Those in humble and rich places should both understand that all things, like flowers) wither and that they should only take pride in their relationship with God.
4. v12 Whoever perseveres through trial by standing with God will be blessed with promised a crown of life promised by the Lord.
5. v13-18 When tempted don’t say that it is God who tempts and God does not temp with evil as only good gifts come from above. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth that we be the first fruits of His creation.
6. v19-21 Be quick to listen, slow to speak and watch your temper as this does not produce righteousness, and, get rid of moral filth and evil in your life holding on to the word of God which can save you from such.
7. v22-25 Don’t just listen to the Word, but apply it to your life, looking intentionally at the perfect law that gives freedom and blessing.
8. v26-27 Take control of your speech lest it deceives you, care for orphans and widows in need, which will help you keep from being polluted by the world.
9. v1-4 Don’t show favoritism by outward appearance thus betraying unrighteous thoughts by our discriminating and judgmental thoughts.
10. v5-7 Look inside the hearts of though of humble and poor lives as they are the ones who are rich in faith and will inherit the kingdom He promised as opposed to the men who outwardly look good who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong.
11. v8 -11 Keep God’s laws found in scripture and don’t show favoritism as that is sinful, but rather love instead of being a law breaker, as Christ commanded, for we are all guilty as we all have sinned.
12. v12-13 Live by the law of freedom in Christ, showing mercy rather than judgment, as mercy triumphs over judgment.
13. v14-25 Faith by itself saves, yet our faith in Christ and His saving grace will produce works of righteousness for Christ’s sake as faith is demonstrated by action.
14 v26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
(Summarize main groupings of thoughts. Goal of 2, 3 or 4 divisions. ID passages covered)
I. Consider it joy when encountering temptations & trials
Application: With whom can you share how trials have brought about maturity in Christ?
Application: When temptations come, how are you showing the joy of having Christ in your life?
II. Live by the God’s law that gives freedom
Application: How are you handling your muttering, complaints and wrath?
Application: How does one become a doer of the word?
III. A believer’s faith will be naturally demonstrated in our works because of Christ’s saving grace.
Application: How is that faith thing working for you?
Application: We’re not saved by obedience, but our obedience shows we’re saved.
(Summarizing the Divisions into one sentence):
James speaks to believers’ attitudes concerning trials, freedom, and works. (10 words)
(A main teaching point for the overall study of the passages):
Cause audience to think about their attitudes concerning trials, judgment, and faith demonstrated works.