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Faith Does // James 5:1-6 // Oct 20

Faith Does // James 5:1-6 // Oct 20

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Main Sermon Points:

  1. Trust in money won’t provide a lasting return

  2. We are accountable for how we conduct our business

  3. Be wise about when to say, “This is enough.”

Discussion Questions:

  • Think back to your childhood and share one thing that you remember wanting for Christmas. Where did that item end up?

  • Think back to a previous season of life as an adult and share one thing that you remember wanting. Where did that item end up?

  • Why do we often forget how things fail to provide true satisfaction?

  • Share a story or two of a supervisor who treated us well along the way. What did they do that made them special?

  • For those who oversee employees in the room, how can we better be a shepherd to them?

  • When is enough, enough? How do we know?

Faith Does // James 4:13-17 // Oct 13

Faith Does // James 4:13-17 // Oct 13

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Main Sermon Points:

  1. Don’t rely on a promise that the Lord never made

  2. Don’t become so comfortable in this temporary world

  3. Trust in the sovereignty of God

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  • Talk about a plan that you once had that you were sure was going to turn out, but in the end wasn’t anything like you expected.

  • What kind of promises do we often think the Lord makes, but in reality He actually has not made to us?

  • What kind of promises of the Lord have been comforting to you?

  • What kind of moments have you had in your life that taught you that this world is temporary?

  • What is the sovereignty of God? Why is it important that we trust in the sovereignty of God?

Faith Does // James 4:1-12 // Oct 6

Faith Does // James 4:1-12 // Oct 6

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MAIN SERMON POINTS:

  1. We fight because of misdirected passion v1-4

  2. Godly humility is the first step to peace v5-6

  3. How do we move toward walking in peace? V7-12

Discussion Questions:

  • Anyone care to share a fight that you had that didn’t seem humorous at the time, but now looking back you can laugh at it? Maybe you fought with a roommate, spouse, kid, etc. How did it resolve? 

  • What kind of misdirected passion did you see in fights you had? What kind of selfish ambition did you have? 

    • Is it interesting that it is easy to look back and see your selfish ambition, but difficult to see the selfish ambition in our current conflict?

  • What does godly humility look like? Who do you know that has been an example of humility to you? How can we better exemplify humility?

  • Why is humility so important in conflict?

  • How can the three steps to Christian conflict resolution help us? At work, in our home, in the area where we live?

Faith Does // James 3:13-18 // Sept 29

Faith Does // James 3:13-18 // Sept 29

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MAIN SERMON POINTS:

  1. What is wisdom from above?

  2. What is earthly wisdom?

  3. How can we grow in wisdom from above?

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  • Anyone care to share something that they have done in the past that was just not wise? Maybe a funny story from college, or dating, or early on in marriage?

  • What was a decision that you made in the past that now you know was a very wise decision? What led you to make that decision?

  • What is wisdom from above?

  • What is earthly wisdom?

  • What are some steps you can take this week to help grow in your wisdom from above?

Faith Does // James 3:1-12 // Sept 22

Faith Does // James 3:1-12 // Sept 22

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MAIN SERMON POINTS:

  1. Everyone is guilty. 

  2. Words have great power. 

  3. Our Words reveal our hearts.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

-Have you ever confronted someone about their speech or been confronted? How did either of those experiences make you feel? 

-How is a tongue like a horse’s bit or a ship’s rudder (3:2-5)?

-Can you diagnose any damaging speech in your own life? 

-What are some of the right speech patterns that the Bible describes in a Christians life? 

-What do the other passages of James on our words say? Why do you think he addressed it so much. 

-What does spiritual maturity look like in this area of our lives? Do you feel like you are tracking “towards” that maturity or “away” from it? 

-Are there any “next steps” that you feel you need to take after hearing this sermon?