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October 19, 2017

Trials, Faith, Teachers, Two Different Wisdoms, and Self-Honesty in James 3:13-14

Tonight's study begins with several instances of sharing on the topic of perfection, completion, trials, and faith and then a question about Abraham's faith when offering Isaac.  We return to the topic of teachers with a quote from Pope Gregory the Great and the proceed from where we left off in James 3:13-14 discussing the two wisdoms and the need to be honest with one's self.

October 12, 2017

Gehenna, Controlling God, and Proper Speech in James 3:6-13

Tonight's study covers James 3:6-13 dealing with the dangers of the tongue and beginning a discussion about wisdom. However, we take several digressions to discuss the history of the word Gehenna, religious practices in Canaan, how we can pervert Christianity into similar religious practices, the danger of judging Christ our teacher when we judge each other, and Hebrew expressions passed through Greek and then into English.

September 28, 2017

Proper Use of the Tongue in James 3:2-6

After a question about faith and works, we look at James' discussion of our speech in James 3:2-6 both positive and negative — when to speak and when not to speak.  We finally begin to explore the history of the word Gehenna for Hell.

September 21, 2017

Good Teachers and Bad Teachers in James 3:1

In tonight's study, we discuss our responsibilities to our teachers and leaders, their responsibility to us, and how to deal with good and bad teachers in the Church.  We address the importance of the Oral Tradition and teaching as we have been taught.  We also touch on the difference between information and formation and the idea that we must know God in order to make Him known.

September 14, 2017

The Progression of Faith in II Peter

We continue our exploration of James' demonstration of faith in James 2 as something that progresses into works by seeing how this is echoed in II Peter chapter 1.  Along the way, we discuss the cost of discipleship and the steps of progressing on to spiritual perfection.

September 7, 2017

Faith and Works in James and Paul: James 2:24-26

Tonight's study looks at how James may be intentionally clarifying abuse of Paul's writings about faith and works and how their writings are complementary rather than contradictory.  We review the story of Rahab as referenced by James.  We observe how James portrays a progression of faith and then look how Peter outlines a progression of faith in II Peter chapter 1.  In our discussion of II Peter 1, we introduce commentaries as a Bible study aid.

August 31, 2017

Fruitful and Fruitless Faith - James 2:12-23

We continue through James chapter two and the discussion of works and faith.  We spend time comparing Paul, James, and John, digress briefly on Anti-Christs, and conclude discussing friendship with God.

August 24, 2017

James 2:12-16: Judgment, Mercy, Faith, and Works

In tonight's study, we touch again upon judgment, mercy, and the law of liberty which sets the stage for James discussion on faith and works.  We then look at illustrations of mercy, faith, and works in Proverbs and Ruth.

August 17, 2017

James 2:12-14: Judgment and Mercy; Murder and Self-Defense

The first half of our study was spent on a question asking if soldiers in war commit murder.  The second half returned to James with a review of last week's discussion about loving God followed by James' reference to judgment and mercy.

August 10, 2017

James 2:5-13:Loving God and the Law of Liberty

We return to the second chapter of James in our study tonight beginning with a discussion on loving God and continuing with a discussion of living under and being judged by the law of liberty.

August 3, 2017

Lexicon Word Study: Judging

Tonight we continue our tour through the lexicon on the word judging.

July 27, 2017

Lexicon Word Study: Judging

After a brief digression on the parable of the wheat and tares, we continue with our study of the subject of judgment using a lexicon.

July 13, 2017

Disturbing Scriptures

Our entire study was spent on a question about scriptures that, in our cultural context, seem deeply disturbing especially in regard to the treatment of women.


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