Saturday, June 06, 2015

Homiletics James 1 & 2

Written 3/28/12 - BSF 2011-2012 Acts

Contents:

1.       Jam 1:1 - James servant, To twelve tribes scattered among nations: Greetings.

2.       Jam 1:2-4 - pure joy, brothers, trials many kinds, testing faith develops perseverance, must finish work you mature and complete, not lacking anything.

3.       Jam 1:5-8 - If lacks wisdom, ask God, gives generously to all without finding fault, it will be given.  when asks, believe, he who doubts like wave of sea, blown and tossed by wind.  should not think receive anything from Lord;  double-minded, unstable.

4.       Jam 1:9-11 - brother in humble circumstances take pride high position.  rich take pride in low position, pass away wild flower.  sun rises scorching heat withers plant; blossom falls beauty destroyed.  rich man fade away while goes about business.

5.       Jam 1:12 - Blessed man who perseveres, when stood test, receive crown life God promised those who love him.

6.       Jam 1:13-15 - no one should say, "God is tempting me." God cannot tempted by evil, nor does tempt; each one tempted when, by his own evil desire, dragged away and enticed.  after desire conceived, birth to sin; when full-grown, birth to death.

7.       Jam 1:16-18 - Don't be deceived, dear brothers.  Every good perfect gift coming down from Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  He chose give us birth through word of truth, kind of firstfruits all he created.

8.       Jam 1:19-21 - dear brothers, take note: Everyone quick listen, slow speak and become angry, man's anger not bring righteous life God desires.  rid moral filth and evil and humbly accept word planted you, which can save you.

9.       Jam 1:22-25 - Do not listen word, deceive yourselves. Do what says.  Anyone listens does not do like man looks face in mirror, goes and immediately forgets looks.  man looks intently perfect law gives freedom, continues this, not forgetting what heard, but doing it--he blessed.

10.   Jam 1:26-27 - anyone religious not keep tight rein tongue, deceives himself, religion worthless. Religion God accepts pure and faultless: look after orphans and widows, keep from being polluted by world.

11.   Jam 2:1-5 - brothers, as believers, don't show favoritism.  Suppose man comes into meeting wearing gold ring fine clothes, poor man shabby clothes comes in.  special attention fine clothes, "Here's a good seat for you," poor man, "You stand there" "Sit on the floor by my feet," discriminated, judges with evil thoughts?  God chosen poor be rich in faith inherit kingdom promised those love him?

12.   Jam 2:6-7 - you insulted poor.  rich exploiting?  dragging into court?  slandering noble name?

13.   Jam 2:8-11 - keep royal law, "Love your neighbor as yourself," doing right.  show favoritism, you sin convicted by law as lawbreakers.  whoever keeps whole law yet stumbles at one point guilty of breaking all, he who said, "Do not commit adultery," said, "Do not murder." If you do not commit adultery but murder, you become lawbreaker.

14.   Jam 2:12-13 - Speak act as to be judged by law gives freedom, judgment without mercy shown anyone not merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!

15.   Jam 2:14-16 - What good, brothers, man claims faith but no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose brother sister without clothes daily food.  "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," does nothing physical needs, what good is it?

16.   Jam 2:17-20 - faith not accompanied by action dead.  "You have faith; I have deeds." Show faith without deeds, I show faith by what I do.  You believe one God. Good! demons believe--and shudder.  foolish man, you want evidence faith without deeds useless ?

17.   Jam 2:21-24 - Was not Abraham considered righteous for what he did Isaac on altar?  faith actions working together, faith complete by what did.  scripture fulfilled, "Abraham believed God, credited righteousness," called God's friend.  person justified by what does not faith alone.

18.   Jam 2:25-26 - Rahab prostitute righteous gave lodging spies sent them different direction?  body without spirit dead, faith without deeds dead.

Divisions:

1.       Jam 1:1-15 - James To twelve tribes scattered: Greetings.  testing faith develops perseverance, mature and complete, not lacking anything.  wisdom, ask God, gives generously without finding fault.  believe, he who doubts should not think receive anything from Lord;  double-minded, unstable.  brother humble circumstances take pride high position.  rich take pride low position, pass away wild flower.  sun rises scorching heat withers plant; blossom falls beauty destroyed.  rich man fade away while goes about business.  Blessed man who perseveres, when stood test, receive crown life. no one say, "God is tempting me." each one tempted when, by own evil desire, dragged away and enticed.  after desire conceived, birth to sin; when full-grown, birth to death.

2.       Jam 1:16-27 - Don't be deceived.  Every good perfect gift from Father who does not change like shifting shadows.  He give us birth through word, firstfruits all he created.  Everyone quick listen, slow speak and become angry.  rid moral filth and evil and humbly accept word planted you, which can save you.  Anyone listens word does not do like man looks face in mirror, goes and immediately forgets looks.  man looks intently perfect law gives freedom, continues this, not forgetting what heard, but doing it--he blessed. anyone religious not keep tight rein tongue, deceives himself, religion worthless. Religion God accepts pure and faultless: look after orphans and widows, keep from being polluted by world.

3.       Jam 2:1-13 - don't show favoritism.  Suppose man comes into meeting wearing gold ring fine clothes, poor man shabby clothes comes in.  special attention fine clothes, "Here's a good seat for you," poor man, "You stand there" "Sit on the floor by my feet," discriminated, judges with evil thoughts?  God chosen poor be rich in faith inherit kingdom promised those love him? you insulted poor.  rich exploiting?  dragging into court?  slandering noble name? keep royal law, "Love your neighbor as yourself," doing right.  show favoritism, you sin convicted by law as lawbreakers.  whoever keeps whole law yet stumbles at one point guilty of breaking all, he who said, "Do not commit adultery," said, "Do not murder." If you do not commit adultery but murder, you become lawbreaker. Speak act as to be judged by law gives freedom, judgment without mercy shown anyone not merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!

4.       Jam 2:14-26 - What good, brothers, man claims faith but no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose brother sister without clothes daily food.  "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," does nothing physical needs, what good is it? faith not accompanied by action dead.  "You have faith; I have deeds." Show faith without deeds, I show faith by what I do.  You believe one God. Good! demons believe--shudder.  evidence faith without deeds useless ? Was not Abraham considered righteous for what he did Isaac on altar?  faith actions working together, faith complete by what did.  scripture fulfilled, "Abraham believed God, credited righteousness," called God's friend.  person justified by what does not faith alone. Rahab prostitute righteous gave lodging spies sent them different direction?  body without spirit dead, faith without deeds dead.

Subject Sentence:

James, greeting 12 tribes, says don’t show favoritism, show faith.

Aim:

TCMAT strive to persevere under trial while actively applying teaching from the Word to their lives.  That they will not show favoritism, but rather mercy as they express their faith through their deeds.

Application:

A1.         In what ways have you experienced the development of perseverance due to the testing of your faith?

                Have you ever asked God for wisdom?  If so, what was the result?

                Why should the poor man and the rich man take pride in their respective positions?

                Describe the process of temptation to death.

A2.         What good and perfect gifts have you received from your Heavenly Father?

                How have you been given birth through the word of truth?

                Which aspect of being “quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” is most difficult for you?  What action do you plan to take as a result of hearing this command?

                In what ways do you look intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and do what it says?

                How do you look after orphans and widows and keep yourself from being polluted by the world?

A3.         What action might you take to avoid showing favoritism based on appearance?

                What does it mean that “has not God chosen the poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and inherit the kingdom He promised those who love Him?”

                How is it an insult to the poor to show favoritism to the rich?

                What action will you take so that “mercy triumphs over judgment” in your life?

A4.         Describe the faith that has no deeds.

                What do you do that shows your faith?

                How was Abraham’s act of offering Isaac on the altar a righteous example of faith in action?

                What does it mean that we are justified by our deeds, not just our faith?

                How will you change your activity to better demonstrate your faith?

                How was Rahab’s activity a righteous example of faith in action?

                Explain how deeds bring life to faith.

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