Genuine Faith Chooses Words With Care

Genuine Faith Chooses Words with Care

Proverbs 12:18 (NIV)
The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

James 3:1-12

No ______________ can tame the tongue, but the ___________________can.

Galatians 5:16
But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

Romans 8:26 says the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness.

Seek ______________________________________________

James 1:19

Be ________________________________________________

Be ________________________________________________

Be ________________________________________________

James 4:11

Never ______________________________________________

Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen .

1 Thessalonians 5:11
Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

Connection Group Questions
Read James 3:1-12
What do you think James means (in verse 2) to when he says that one who controls his tongue is “a perfect man”?

Of the images that James uses in this passage, which one can you most relate to, and why?

Have each person in the group look up and read one of the following passages. What does each one say about the tongue?
Proverbs 6:16-17
Proverbs 10:19
Proverbs 12:22
Proverbs 17:27-28
Proverbs 18: 6-7, 13
Proverbs 26:20
Proverbs 28:23

How do you think the Holy Spirit can help you in controlling your tongue?

Read James 1:9. Which of the three be’s do you struggle with the most? Why?

Read James 4:11 What are some ways we can speak evil of other believers? What are some ways we can speak evil of unbelievers? Do you struggle in either of these areas? Explain.

Ephesians 4:29 and 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (see message notes) talk about building others up. For some it comes easy, but for most people it takes intentional effort. What are some ways you can become more intentional in building others up and encouraging others?

Pray for one another in your efforts to tame the tongue and build people up!

Genuine Faith Bears Good Fruit

Genuine Faith Bears Good Fruit

James 2:14-26

Faith vs Works:

If salvation is ____________________________________________, then works _____________________________.

If salvation is ____________________________________________, then  faith ______________________________.

We are saved through faith, but works are the ___________________________.

Justified by works?

Justified means to be _________________ in right standing.

It is JUST as IF  I’D never sinned.

It also means to be ________________ or _______________  in right standing.

James’ main idea:

You say you have faith?  ______________! Don’t tell me; ____________!

Ephesians 2:8-10

Faith without works is _________, _____________ and ________________.

What are you doing to put your faith into action?

Faith isn’t needed when we _______________________________________.

Connection Group Questions

Read James 2:14-20

What do you think James means by faith?  What do you think James means by works?  People can place faith in many things.  How is faith in Christ different than faith in other things, like elevators, spouses, or savings accounts?

James gives an example in 2:15-16 of lifeless, empty faith.  What kind of action would have accompanied genuine faith in this situation?

Have you ever offered pious words of encouragement or sympathy without doing anything practical to help a brother or sister in need?  What usually are the motives behind such statements?     

Why is faith apart from works useless, as James states in 2:20?     

Read about Abraham in Genesis 22:1-18. What do you learn about Abraham in this passage?  How did Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice Isaac prove the authenticity of his faith?

Read about Rahab in Joshua 2:1-21.  What stands out to you about this woman?  How was her faith proven to be true?

What areas of your life would you point to as evidence or proof that you have a genuine faith?  (Hint: Look at Galatians 5: 22-23 for areas to consider as a starting point.)

Faith without works is dead, lifeless and useless.  So… How are you putting your faith into action? 

Describe the thinking of someone who believes faith in God means we don’t need to worry about obeying the word any more. Is there an areas of your life where this applies to you?

Try to summarize the message  of James 2:14-26 in one sentence:   

What one step can you take this week to better live in light of this truth? 

Genuine Faith Does not Discriminate

Genuine Faith Does Not Discriminate

James 2:1

The Greek word prosopolempsia literally means acceptor of a face, or a respecter of persons.

Galatians 3:26-28 “for as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”  

God is not a _________________________________.  We should not be either.

What is __________________________in society is _________________ ____________________________ in God’s eyes.

James 2:2-10

When it comes to how you treat others, ______________________________.

James 2:12-13

Galatians 5:13 “For you were called to freedom, brothers, only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh [sinful behavior], but through love, serve one another.”

Genuine faith does not discriminate, but _____________________________.

Genuine faith does not discriminate, but ______________________________.

Genuine faith does not discriminate, but ______________________________.


Connection Group Questions

Read James 2:-13 again.

James 2:1   From this week’s message:  What do you think is the difference between discrimination as society defines it, versus the kind of favoritism James alludes to?  How does the phrase “as you hold the faith” qualify the concept of partiality, favoritism or discrimination?

Identify some of the certain actions that society approves of which are contrary to God’s word.  Which ones are the most difficult for you to stay true to, and why?

James 2:2-7  James uses the example of favoritism between rich and poor people, but favoritism can be seen in other areas, too.  Is there anyone to whom you show favoritism or discrimination towards?  Why have you singled out that person for your favor? How does showing favoritism toward them damage your ability to love them as you should?

Describe a time you were treated with positive favoritism. How did it feel?   

Describe a time you were treated with negative discrimination. How did it feel?     

Why is it so important for believers not to discriminate among those who enter the doors of our churches?

James 2:10-11  What do these verses tell us about being a lawbreaker? Does it seem fair to you? Why or why not?

Look up Romans 13:8-10. How do Paul’s words reinforce the principles in 2:9-11?

How should the idea that we will be “judged under the Law of liberty” impact our words and actions? List some specific examples for each of these areas: home, work, church, community.

Is there a person in your life to whom you need to extend mercy instead of judgment? What is holding you back from doing so?

James covers a lot of territory in these verses, but if you were to glance back though 2:1-13, how would you summarize in one sentence (in your own words)? 

3 ways we should not  show partiality or discriminate were mentioned in the message.  Keeping these in mind, what is one step can you take this week to better live in light of this truth?