Sermon Discussion Questions

Sermon Discussion Questions

“Faith That Works” – James 2:14-26 [June 16]

  • In verse 14 James asks two questions. How would you answer each of them?

  • Verses 15-16 are likely an exaggeration, but they illustrate an important point. What is it?

  • According to verses 17-18, how can we tell if our faith in Jesus Christ is genuine?

  • Many people think that being a Christian means believing in God and being a good person. What does verse 19 say about this idea?

  • How do verses 20-24 connect with Matthew 7:15-20 and Ephesians 2:10?

  • How has this passage made you feel? If you have been convicted that your faith lacks fruit, what are your next steps? (hint: it’s NOT trying harder to do good works)

“Faith That Works” – James 2:1-13 [June 2]
  1. Why is favoritism considered a sin?

  2. How is it damaging to the message of the gospel?

  3. Read verses 3-4. What does favoritism expose about the person who is engaging in it?

  4. Explain the “upside-down” nature of verses 5-7.

  5. The “royal law” of verse 8 is the greatest commandment found in Matthew 22:36-40. Why do you think James calls it the royal law? How does it apply to favoritism?

  6. Doesn’t verse 10 seem to blow things out of proportion? How can a single act of favoritism be the same as breaking every one of God’s laws?

  7. Explain verses 12-13 in your own words. Why is mercy so important to offer? Why is it so important to receive?

“Faith That Works” – James 1:19-27 [May 26]

  1. In what ways do the words “listen,” “speak,” and “anger” in verse 19 relate to the phrase “word of truth” in verse 18?

  2. Why doesn’t anger result in the righteousness God desires?

  3. How do we get rid of moral filth and evil (v. 21)? What is the “word planted in you,” and how can it save you?

  4. Think of a Bible teaching that you’ve heard but failed to act upon. How were you “deceived?” (v 22)

  5. In verse 25 we’re told that the law brings freedom and blessing, but the apostle Psul in Romans 7:4 & 1 Corinthians 15:56 seems to be saying something different. How do you reconcile these verses?

  6. Why is controlling your tongue and caring for widows and orphans such an essential aspect of being a Christian (v. 26-27)?

“Faith That Works” – James 1:12-18 [May 12]

  1. How is verse 12 connected to verses 2-4?

  2. We are saved by grace through faith, not works. Why, then, is receiving the crown of life dependent upon persevering under trial?

  3. Verse 13 reminds us that God does not tempt us, but He does seem to test us. What is the difference?

  4. If God does not tempt us, where do our evil desires come from?

  5. How are verses 14-15 similar to verses 6-8?

  6. What kind of deception are verse 16-18 speaking against?

“Faith That Works” – James 1:9-11 [May 5]

  1. Consider the larger context of chapter one – what topic is James addressing before and after this passage?

  2. How can someone in a humble position also be in a high position (Think about the Beatitudes in Matthew 5)?

  3. Given the context of the passage, what do you think causes a rich person to be humbled?

  4. Why should a rich person take pride in their humiliation?

  5. The riches of this world will certainly fade away, but James says the rich person will fade away (verse 11). What do you think he means by this? (Hint: think about how a rich person’s identity is wrapped up in their wealth)

  6. What is the lesson for both the poor and the rich person?

“Faith That Works” – James 1:1-8 [April 28]

  1. James is not addressed to a particular town or church, rather it is directed to the  “twelve tribes scattered among the nations.” What does this mean?

  2. Verse 2 says we should approach our trials with “pure joy.” How is this possible?

  3. According to verse 3, what does the testing of our faith produce? What does this mean?

  4. Verse 5 indicates that wisdom is available from God to all who ask. What is the stipulation that follows in verse 6?

  5. List examples of what it means to be “blown and tossed by the wind,” or “double-minded and unstable.”

  6. Consider this passage in two distinct ways: First, as a sound piece of advice without any context, and second, as an outworking of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Note the differences.