Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on July 31, 2016:
- SUNDAY: James 3:1-6,
- MONDAY: James 3:7-12,
- TUESDAY: James 3:13-18,
- WEDNESDAY: James 1:5-8,
- THURSDAY: James 1:19-27,
- FRIDAY: Luke 6:43-49,
- SATURDAY: Proverbs 18,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Faith in Action Sermon Title: Balancing the Partnership between Faith & Works
Delivered On: July 24, 2016
My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. ([bible]James 1:19-20[/bible])
Pray for God to grow your awareness of the three areas that James instructs us to take note of: Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak, Slow to Become Angry. Thank God that these areas are opportunities to grow you in maturity and faith.
1 Quick and 2 Slow’s - Author Daniel Goleman found that 80 percent of people who lose their job don't do so because of incompetence. It's because they don't know how to effectively relate to people around them. The book of James addresses three foundational truths that can reduce the possibility of that scenario down to zero. In James 1:19-20, he lays out how we can balance the partnership between our Faith and Action:
- Be quick to listen
- Be slow to speak
- Be slow to anger
Small Group Discussion
What comes to your mind when you think of “Faith In Action?”
Read: James 1:19-20 James highlights 1 “quick” and 2 “slows.” Which one comes more natural for you to do? Give an example or share a story that reinforces that fact that it’s natural/easy for you.
Which one is the most challenging for you to do? Why?
Why is it important that we work on all three of the areas that James highlights?
Read: James 1:20 again. God’s desire for us is "Righteousness" … which is essentially right living. What’s one step that you can take that’ll move you closer to experiencing the Righteousness that God desires for you?
Read: James 1:21-25 What does this passage have to say about the concept of “Faith In Action?”
Read: James 1:25 again. Blessings are reserved for those who do what? How can you honor God this week and implement what verse 25 talks about?