Thursday, April 19, 2012

James 3 - 5; Lesson 27

Chuck's study this week:

Lesson    27

Passage  James 3-5

Content (List of Topics or Events)
It’s the little thing -- our Tongue (James 3:1-16)
a. Teachers tongue is to a strict standard  (1-2)
b. Tongue is small but like other small things can do significant things (3-8)
c. Tongue can praise and is a mirror of heart (9-16)

It’s the heart thing -- Godly Wisdom (James 3:17-4:12)
a. Wisdom of heaven defined 3:17-18)
b. Quarrels come from wrong motives (4:1-3)
c. Friendship with world is hatred to God’s motives (4-10)

It’s the life focus  thing -- Goals and Destiny (James 4:13-5:16)
a. Our future is in the Lords hands (4:13-17)
b. Use of Wealth can condemn (5:1-6)
c. Wait patiently for the Lord (7-11)
d. Be honest in your dealings (12)
e. Pray on all occasions; prayer is powerful (13-16)

Divisions (Main Blocks of Thought)
It’s the little thing -- our Tongue
James 3:1-16
It’s the heart thing -- Godly Wisdom
James 3:17-4:12
It’s the life focus thing -- Goals and Destiny
James 4:13-5:16

Subject Sentence (Summarizes the contents of the Divisions – No more than 10 words)
Tongues express heart; Godly Wisdom brings patient prayerful endurance
Aim (Main Teaching Point of the Passage)
To Learn that our heart should focus on God desire and plans for our lives
Specific Application Questions

1.       How is your speech reflective of your relationship with God?

2.       Where do you go for wisdom?

3.       How do your goals reflect your heavenly vision?

Principles to Remember

Our tongue reflects our heart

Doing your own thing is not what God desires; it’s doing His.

Our goals are fragile unless connected to God

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