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What is wisdom and where can I get some? James 1:5-8

January 29, 2017 Speaker: Heath Haynes Series: James

Passage: James 1:5–1:8

As we study the book of James, we will see how faith and works are inseparable in our living out the life in Jesus Christ.

Link to Study Resources for James HERE
Link to Personal Study Guide HERE

Discussion/Study Questions

  • How does wisdom help you go through trials?
  • James tells us to ask for wisdom if we are lacking.
  •  What is this wisdom we are told to ask for?
  • Are we ever not lacking wisdom?
  • Read Matthew 7:7-11 to understand the heart of God in how he responds to those who ask with right motive
  • What does it mean to be without reproach?
  • Why does James make such an emphatic statement that we must ask in faith with no doubting?
  • In view of what you know of God and the work accomplished in Christ, how should we understand vs. 6-8? Do not forget to consider this from an inductive approach (consider all matters of context)
  • Do you think verse 7 is speaking of salvation/redemption or of the other gifts God gives in this life? Read James 4:7-10 and Ephesians 4:14 for a clearer perspective. (Remember, James is writing to Jewish Christ-followers)
  • Prayerfully consider why doubting is spoken against so strongly when it is an inescapable part of the human faith. Record your thoughts.
  • How are you like those you understand James is writing to?
  • What is comforting to you about these verses?
  • What is an area of your life that is not reflecting this comfort?
  • What is convicting to you about these verses?
  • What is an area of you life you need to turn from in response to this conviction.
  • Who can you share these comforts and convictions with?
  • Verse 8 speaks of resolute belief. How is it that belief can be the greatest remedy to these needs instead of just trying to change your behavior?
  • What does this passage reveal about God?
  • What does this passage reveal about you/mankind?
  • How does this passage point to Jesus/teach the Gospel?
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