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March 30, 2017

James: Introduction and 1:1

In this study, we describe the change in approach from our previous studies, give the background to the Letter of James, read the first chapter, and begin exposition of the first verse.  There is a problem with sound for the first 8 minutes of part II.


April 6, 2017

James: 1:1-4

This study explores the first four verses of the first chapter of James.  Topics include some historical trivia of how the 10 tribes of Israel became intertwined with the Kingdom of Judah and thus the Jewish Diaspora of James' day, trials, suffering, love, faith, perseverance, aggressively driving out sin, and perfection.  We also briefly introduce concordances and commentaries.


April 20, 2017

James 1:5-8, Topical Bibles, Bible Marking

Tonight's study covers our willingness to pursue perfection, asking for wisdom, and asking in prayer in general as well as introducing Topical Bibles and Bible Marking.


April 27, 2017

James 1:9-12: Willingness to be perfected, poverty, embracing life, endurance

We continue our exploration of James including the exaltation of the poor, the humbling of the rich, endurance and embracing of trials, and living life fully.


May 4, 2017

James 1:12-15: Blessing, Trials, Temptation, Sin, and Overcoming

We continue our study of James as he contrasts trials and temptations and discuss the implications of this difference in overcoming sin.


May 11, 2017

James 1:12-18: Overcoming, sin & consequences, first fruits, and rebirth

We continue through the Letter of James discussing overcoming sin at its root and the progression from sinfulness to sin to death contrasting the path to death with the path to life.  We digress a bit onto the subject of first fruits and conclude with an exploration of the literal meaning of our rebirth.


May 18, 2017

James 1:18-20: Our words, our anger, God's righteousness

In this study, in response to James' admonition to be "quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath", we cross reference many scriptures about speech, anger, and making peace.  We conclude by examining the phrase "God's righteousness" and compare that to other forms of righteousness.


June 1, 2017

Understanding God's Anger

Tonight's entire study was spent answering a question spawned by our discussion of James 1:19-20: "Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, for the anger of man does not work the righteousness of God", specifically about understanding God's anger.


June 8, 2017

James 1:21-22: Interior Transformation

Our study of James continues with a discussion of the implanted word and interior transformation.  We also respond to a question about judgment, punishment, and proper reception of the Eucharist.


June 15, 2017

James 1:22-27: Being doers of the word and cutting through self-deception

We conclude the first chapter of James focusing on James' admonition to be doers of the word and explore his references to deceiving ourselves.  This includes an examination of how we use our tongues and how fully we are willing to come out of the world.


June 22, 2017

James 2:1-4: Surrendering our will; wrong thinking; lexicons

In this study, we review some of the important points of James 1 by examining the writing of Vincent Ferrer and Paul's comments to the Corinthians about the collection for the Church in Jerusalem, discuss how Christians can be pursuing the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees rather than the righteousness of Jesus, and then continue into James' comments on showing partiality and wrong thinking in chapter 2. We conclude by introducing lexicons as tools for Bible Study.


June 29, 2017

Living Love, Mercy, and Forgiveness

This evening's study was spent almost entirely on questions and comments.  The first half dealt with the impact of living a life of selfless love on our families.  The second half dwelt heavily on mercy, forgiveness, and repentance and concluded with a short foray into using a lexicon to explore the topic of judgment.


July 6, 2017

Lexicon Word Study: Judging plus question on Homosexuality

In this study we continue using a Lexicon to study the word "judge" as well as answer a question about homosexuality.




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