Saturday, June 27, 2015

Homiletics Revelation 5:6-10, 7:9-17, 22:12-17

Written 19 May 2014

Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                  Vision                  Who?  John, Jesus (Lamb), Father, elders, beasts, multitudes

1
5:6-7
(John) saw in midst of throne and four beasts and elders a Lamb as slain, having 7 horns and 7 eyes – 7 Spirits of God sent into all earth; he took book out of rt hand of him upon throne.
2
5:8-10
When he had taken book, 4 beasts and 24 elders fell down before Lamb, having harps and golden vials full of prayers of saints; they sung new song: Thou art worthy to take book and open seals for thou was slain, redeemed us to God by blood every kindred, tongue, people, nation; made us unto God kings and priests and we shall reign on earth.
3
7:9-10
(John) beheld great multitude – no man could number of all nations, kindreds, people, tongues – before throne and Lamb clothed in white robes, palms in hands; cried w/loud voice: Salvation to God upon throne and Lamb.
4
7:11-12
All angels stood round throne/elders/4 beasts, fell before throne on faces and worshiped God: Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be unto God forever, Amen.
5
7:13-17
One elder (to John): What are these in white robes and whence came they; I (to him): Sir, thou knowest; he (to me): they which came out of great tribulation, have washed their robes, made them white in blood of Lamb; they before throne of God, serve him day and night in his temple, he on throne dwell among them, they hunger/thirst no more, neither sun nor heat light on them; for Lamb in midst of throne shall feed them, lead them into living waters, God shall wipe all tears from their eyes.
6
22:12-13
(J:) Behold, I come quickly, my reward with me, to give every man according as his work shall be; I Alpha and Omega, beginning and end, first and last.
7
22:14-15
Blessed they that do His commandments, they have right to tree of life, may enter through gates of city; without are dogs, sorcerers, whoremongers, murderers, idolaters, whoever loves and makes a lie.
8
22:16-17
I sent my angel to testify, I am root and offspring of David, bright and morning star; Spirit and bride say, Come; let him that hear come, let him that is athirst come, whoever will, let him take water of life freely.

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture):

1
5:6-10
John saw in midst of throne, 4 beasts, 24 elders – Lamb as slain, having 7 horns/7 eyes (7 Spirits of God),  took book from him on throne; beasts, elders fell down before Lamb, having harps and prayers of saints; they sung new song: Thou art worthy to take book and open seals for thou was slain, redeemed us to God by blood every kindred, tongue, people, nation; made us unto God kings and priests and we shall reign on earth.
Principle:
Jesus is worthy to judge mankind based on Who He is and what He’s done.
2
7:9-17
John beheld great multitude of all nations, kindreds, people, tongues – before throne and Lamb clothed in white robes; cried w/loud voice: Salvation to God upon throne and Lamb;  All angels stood round throne, fell on faces and worshiped God;  One elder (to John): What are these in white robes and whence came they;  John: Sir, thou know;  he: they came out of great tribulation, have washed robes, made white in blood of Lamb; they before throne of God, serve him day and night in his temple, he on throne dwell among them, they hunger/thirst no more; Lamb shall feed them, lead them into living waters, God shall wipe all tears from their eyes.
Principle:
If innumerable multitudes will come to faith in Christ during the great tribulation and they will serve God wholeheartedly because of their gratitude for salvation, shouldn’t we who have been spared that suffering be even more grateful?
3
22:12-17
(J:) Behold, I come quickly, my reward with me; I Alpha and Omega, beginning and end, first and last; Blessed they that do His commandments, they have right to tree of life, enter through gates of city; without are dogs, sorcerers, whoremongers, murderers, idolaters, whoever loves and makes a lie; I sent my angel to testify, I am root and offspring of David, bright and morning star; Spirit and bride say, Come; let him that hear come, let him that is athirst come, whoever will, let him take water of life freely.
Principle:
Jesus is coming soon and we will be blessed if we obey Him.

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure):

Jesus, Who redeemed us, is coming soon to judge.

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMATK that Jesus is coming soon to judge mankind and we have the opportunity now to become His followers and live lives obedient to what He teaches, cleansed by His blood and spared from eternal death and the suffering that will occur during the great tribulation.

Application:

1
Who are the “players” in this “scene”?
What is the book the Lamb took from him on the throne?
Why is the Lamb worthy to take the book and open the seals?
Who are kings and priests unto God and what will they do?
2
Who are the great multitudes in white robes?
How do you worship God?
How is your hunger and thirst satisfied by the Lamb?
How does this passage make you grateful for your salvation?
3
What does it mean to you that Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, beginning and end, first and last?
In what way are you obedient to God’s commands?
Who are those left outside of the heavenly city?
Who will you lead to the water of life this week?

 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

“Fatal Trauma” by Richard Mabry

Fatal Trauma 
by Richard L. Mabry, M.D.    
Medical Fiction
Abingdon Press  


Hang on to your seats! Richard Mabry's latest medical thriller , Fatal Trauma, will have you reading long into the night!

A gunman who has nothing to lose faces a doctor who could lose it all to prove his innocence.
When Dr. Mark Baker and Nurse Kelly Atkinson are held at the mercy of a dangerous gunman, the lives of every emergency room patient are at stake. At the end of the evening three men are dead. One of them is a police officer who couldn't be saved despite Mark's best efforts. The other two are members of the feared Zeta drug cartel.
Though the standoff is over, the killing is not, because when the drug cartel loses its members, revenge is not far behind. Facing an adversary whose desires are dark and efforts are ruthless, Mark finds himself under suspicion as a killer, yet still a potential victim. When he turns to his high school sweetheart, attorney Gwen Woodruff, for help, Kelly helplessly looks on, as she hides her own feelings for the good doctor.
At the height of the conflict, three questions remain: Who is the shooter? Who will the next victim be? And can Mark prove his innocence before the gun turns on him?
 

 Meet the Author
A retired physician, Dr. Richard Mabry is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels of medical suspense. His previous works have been finalists for the Carol Award and Romantic Times Reader's Choice Award, and have won the Selah Award. He is a past Vice-President of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of the International Thriller Writers. He and his wife live in North Texas.

Find Richard online: website   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Here is my review of this suspenseful read:
 
 First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to Dr. Richard Mabry and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Fatal Trauma" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.

“Fatal Trauma” by Richard Mabry is not my favorite Mabry novel.  First, let me address what I enjoyed about the book:  It is circumstantially suspenseful, and I always learn about the medical profession and terminology when I read Mabry’s work.  I loved the thread of faith that was prominent throughout the novel that encouraged me that God uses imperfect people and He is a God of second chances.  What I didn’t care for were the characters.  They often seemed mechanical and detracted from a well-crafted plot.  The dialogue seemed forced in many instances.  The “love triangle” felt manufactured.

All that said, I would still recommend this book.  Overall, I enjoyed it.  And I encountered a valuable concept that I apparently haven’t learned, yet: we all make mistakes, but God offers grace and forgiveness.  If we are to look like Jesus, we must offer grace and forgiveness to those who wrong us.  Honestly, this lesson made the book a “must read” in my opinion.  Thank you, Dr. Mabry.
 

Homiletics Hebrews 10:19-25

Written 12 May 2014

Contents (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture):  Where?                                                                Who?

1
19
Having boldness to enter holiest by blood of J
2
20
New, living way he consecrated through veil (His flesh)
3
21
Having high priest over house of God
4
22
Draw near w/true heart in full assurance of faith, hearts sprinkled from evil conscience, bodies washed with pure water
5
23
Hold fast profession of faith w/o waivering, he is faithful that promised
6
24
Consider another to provoke love and good works
7
25
Not forsake assembling as manner of some, exhorting one another, more as ye see day approaching

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture):

1
19-21
Boldness to enter holiest by blood of J; new way He consecrated through veil (His flesh); priest over house of God.
Principle:
Jesus’ blood sacrifice enables us to approach our heavenly Father with confidence.
2
22-23
Draw near with true heart/full assurance of faith/hearts sprinkled/bodies washed; profess faith w/o waivering.
Principle:
We’ve been cleansed, so we may draw near to God and profess our faith confidently.
3
24-25
Provoke love and good works, not forsake assembling as some, exhorting (encouraging) more as ye see day approaching.
Principle:
Encourage each other to love and do good works.
It is tempting to forsake assembling, but we shouldn’t.
We must encourage each other more as “the day” draws near, probably because there will be more discouragement encountered.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure):

Jesus’ blood cleanses us for boldness, love and good works.

 

Aim (Christian and Non-Christian):

TCMATK that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross not only freed us from our sin, but also freed us to approach the Father boldly with a cleansed heart and body so that we may profess our faith and encourage our brothers and sisters to love each other, do good works, meet together and encourage each other as we await Christ’s return.

 

Application:

1
What does it mean to approach God with boldness?
How might we do this?
2
In what way do you regularly allow Jesus to cleanse your heart?
How does full assurance of faith allow us to draw near to God?  Do you have that full assurance of faith?
What does it mean to profess your faith without waivering?
Under what circumstances have you professed your faith this week without waivering?
3
How are you influencing each other to love and do good works?
When have you been tempted to “forsake meeting together”?
What action would you advise another to take to avoid falling to that temptation?
What sort of encouragement have you been providing as the time of Christ’s return draws near?
Why might encouragement in the end times be critical to our Christian walk?
What encouragement do you need to promote your spiritual growth?

 

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Homiletics James 3-5

Written 4/12/12 - BSF 2011-2012 Acts

Contents:

  1. Jam 3:1-2 - Not many should teach, judged strictly, all stumble, never fault what says, perfect man.
  2. Jam 3:3-4 - bits mouths horses turn whole animal. Ships, large, driven by strong winds, steered by very small rudder.
  3. Jam 3:5-6 - tongue small, great boasts. great forest fire by small spark.  tongue is fire, world of evil. corrupts whole person, sets course of life on fire, set on fire by hell.
  4. Jam 3:7-10 - animals, birds, reptiles, creatures of sea tamed by man, no tame tongue. restless evil, deadly poison.  praise Lord, curse men God's likeness.  same mouth praise cursing. should not be.
  5. Jam 3:11-12 - fresh salt water same spring?  fig tree bear olives, grapevine, figs? Neither can salt spring produce fresh water.
  6. Jam 3:13-16 - Wise understanding? show good life, deeds in humility wisdom.  if harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition, do not boast or deny.  Such "wisdom" not heaven but earthly, unspiritual, of devil.  envy and selfish ambition, disorder and every evil practice.
  7. Jam 3:17-18 - wisdom from heaven pure; peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.  Peacemakers sow in peace, raise harvest of righteousness.
  8. Jam 4:1-3 - What causes fights and quarrels? desires battle within?  You want, don't get. kill and covet, cannot have what want. quarrel and fight. do not have, because not ask God. When ask, not receive, because wrong motives, spend on pleasures.
  9. Jam 4:4-6 - adulterous people, friendship with world is hatred toward God? Anyone friend of world becomes enemy of God.  do you think Scripture says without reason the spirit envies intensely?  he gives us more grace. “God opposes proud gives grace to humble."
  10. Jam 4:7-10 - Submit to God. Resist devil, he will flee.  Come near God and he will come near you. Wash your hands, purify your hearts, Grieve, mourn and wail. Change laughter to mourning and joy to gloom.  humble yourselves, and he will lift you up.
  11. Jam 4:11-12 - do not slander one another. who speaks against brother or judges him speaks against law and judges it. When you judge law, not keeping it, sitting in judgment on it.  one Lawgiver and Judge, the one able to save and destroy. who are you to judge neighbor?
  12. Jam 4:13-17 - "Today or tomorrow we will go to city, spend a year, make money."  not know tomorrow. What is your life? You are mist.   ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will do this."  boast and brag, is evil.  who knows good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.
  13. Jam 5:1-3 - listen, rich people, weep and wail, misery coming.  Your wealth rotted, moths eaten clothes.  gold and silver corroded. will testify against you, eat flesh like fire. You hoarded wealth in last days.
  14. Jam 5:4-6 - Look! wages you failed to pay crying against you. cries of harvesters reached Lord Almighty.  You lived in luxury and self-indulgence. fattened yourselves in day of slaughter.  condemned and murdered innocent men, not opposing you.
  15. Jam 5:7-8 - Be patient until Lord's coming. See how farmer waits for valuable crop and patient for autumn and spring rains.  be patient and stand firm, Lord's coming is near.
  16. Jam 5:9 - Don't grumble against brothers or judged.  consider blessed those persevered. Job's perseverance, what Lord brought about. Lord compassion and mercy.  do not swear, or condemned.
  17. Jam 5:13-16 - in trouble? pray.  happy? sing praise.  sick? call elders pray and anoint in name of Lord.  prayer in faith make sick person well. will be forgiven.  confess sins, pray for each other, may be healed. prayer of righteous powerful and effective.
  18. Jam 5:17-18 - Elijah prayed earnestly, did not rain.  again prayed, rain, earth produced crops.
  19. Jam 5:19-20 - Whoever turns sinner from error save him from death, cover multitude of sins.

Divisions:

  1. Jam 3:1-18 - Not many should teach, judged strictly, all stumble.  tongue small, great boasts.  tongue is fire, world of evil. corrupts, sets course of life on fire, set on fire by hell.  no tame tongue. restless evil, deadly poison.  praise Lord, curse men God's likeness.  same mouth praise cursing. should not be.  Wise understanding? show good life, deeds in humility wisdom.  if harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition, do not boast or deny.  Such "wisdom" not heaven but earthly, unspiritual, of devil.  envy and selfish ambition, disorder and every evil practice.  wisdom from heaven pure; peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.  Peacemakers sow in peace, raise harvest of righteousness.
  2. Jam 4:1-17 - What causes fights and quarrels? desires battle within?  do not have, because not ask God. When ask, not receive, because wrong motives, spend on pleasures.  adulterous people, friendship with world is hatred toward God? Anyone friend of world becomes enemy of God.  he gives us more grace. “God opposes proud gives grace to humble."  Submit to God. Resist devil, he will flee.  Come near God and he will come near you.  humble yourselves, and he will lift you up.  do not slander one another. who speaks against brother or judges him speaks against law and judges it. one Lawgiver and Judge, the one able to save and destroy. who are you to judge neighbor?   "Today or tomorrow we will go to city, spend a year, make money."  not know tomorrow. What is your life? You are mist.   ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will do this."  boast and brag is evil.  who knows good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.
  3. Jam 5:1-20 -rich people, weep and wail, misery coming.  Your wealth rotted,  gold and silver corroded. will testify against you, eat flesh like fire. You hoarded wealth in last days.  Look! wages you failed to pay crying against you. cries of harvesters reached Lord Almighty.  You lived in luxury and self-indulgence. fattened yourselves in day of slaughter.  condemned and murdered innocent men, not opposing you.  Be patient until Lord's coming. See how farmer waits for valuable crop and patient for autumn and spring rains.  be patient and stand firm, Lord's coming is near.  Don't grumble against brothers or you judged.  as example of patience in suffering, take prophets of the Lord.  consider blessed those persevered. Job's perseverance, what Lord brought about. Lord compassion and mercy.  do not swear by heaven, earth or anything, or condemned.  in trouble? pray.  happy? sing praise.  sick? call elders to pray and anoint in name of Lord.  prayer in faith make sick person well; Lord raise him. will be forgiven.  confess sins, pray for each other, may be healed. prayer of righteous powerful and effective.  Elijah prayed earnestly, did not rain.  again prayed, heavens rain, earth produced crops. Whoever turns sinner from error save him from death, cover multitude of sins.

Subject Sentence:

Teach patient, persevering submission through wisdom and humility.

Aim:

TCMAT always be aware of their behavior as they seek to study God’s Word and do what it says.

Application:

A1.         In whose lives could you be considered a teacher of sorts, and what do those charges learn from you?

                How is the tongue like a fire?

                Describe the path the tongue takes from being ignited by hell to burning down a great forest.

                What practical steps are you prepared to take to ensure that both praise and cursing do not come out of your mouth?

                What are some examples of earthly wisdom?

                What are some examples of heavenly wisdom?

                What action can you take today to become a peacemaker?

A2.         What don’t you have because you don’t ask God?

                What have you not received from God because you ask with the wrong motives?

                In what ways does your life reflect friendship with the world?

                In what ways does your life reflect friendship with God?

                In what ways do you submit to God?

                How have you experienced the devil fleeing from you when you have resisted him?

                How have you experienced God coming near to you after you’ve come near to Him?

                What practical methods could you use to keep from judging others?

                How might you plan your weeks to come in a godly way?

                What is the good that you know you ought to do?

A3.         What are you prepared to do this week to live less self-indulgently and more righteously?

                How might you accomplish being patient until the Lord’s coming?

                What Biblical illustration of perseverance impacts you most?  Why?

                How will you choose an accountability partner to confess sin and pray with?

                When have you prayed to God earnestly for a thing and what was the result of that prayer?

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.