Just Do It
Traditional • May 2, 2021 • John Sweeney
Read James 2:14-16 1) If you had to explain the difference to someone between being saved by faith and saved by good works, what would you say? 2) “When you serve someone, you see the face of God.” What does that mean to you and have you experienced it? Give examples. 3) Is your faith a “heart faith” or a “hands on faith?” Why are both necessary and how do you achieve that balance? 4) What does genuine faith in Christ look like? Give examples. 5) What are the top three things you have learned from the “Jimmy Knows” sermon series? How will you apply them to your life?
Planning to Plan
Traditional • April 25, 2021 • Bill Brunson
Read James 14:13-16 1) Our scripture today focuses on planning. What kind of planner are you? Are you a “go with the flow” person, do you plan when necessary, or are you one of those folks who plan their work and work their plan in every aspect of life? 2) James talks about “arrogant schemes.” How would you define arrogance? 3) Is James saying we shouldn’t make plans for the future? What’s the point of making long-range plans if we don’t know what tomorrow will bring? 4) How does it make you feel to be compared to a “mist that appears for a while and then vanishes?” Does it make you feel insignificant, does it encourage you to live in the now, or something else? 5) If you lived by the following statement, what would change in your life and in your faith? “Life is precious so we need to value it enough to ask the Creator of Life to help us make our plans so that we can make the most out of each day, each moment, we have.”
Traditional • April 18, 2021 • Bill Brunson
Read James 5:13-18 1) In our sermon series, “Jimmy Knows,” the opening question is this: “Is anyone among you in trouble?” What are the troubles in your life? 2) James’ answer to the troubles that are a part of the human condition is prayer. Is prayer a part of your life? Do you regularly pray for others? Do you ask others to pray for you? Why or why not? 3) Richard Rohr says: “Prayer removes the debris of our lives and creates holy spaciousness for God. It is a form of remodeling our lives.” Do you agree with this statement? If so, how will you integrate it into your prayer life? 4) Verse fifteen of today’s passage is deeply troubling: “And the prayers offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up.” Most of us have suffered the loss of a loved one who was lifted up in prayer many times. How do you reconcile James’ statement with your own experience? Do you believe that sometimes healing can only happen on the other side? Do you accept there is mystery in prayer that we might never understand in this life? 5) The take away from today’s scripture is that connection to God and connection to one another begins with prayer. How will this statement change your own prayer life or will it?
Discipleship is a Team Sport
Traditional • April 11, 2021 • Bill Brunson
Read James 13:13-18 1) In our sermon series “Jimmy Knows,” the book of James contrasts divine wisdom versus earthly wisdom and friendship with God verses friendship with the world. What do those phrases mean to you and how do you live them out? 2) James wants us to fight against being a “Lone Ranger” Christian. What is a “Lone Ranger” Christian and what are dangers of living our faith in such a way? 3) If we make heavenly wisdom the compass of our lives, then how will our faith and daily lives change? 4) What is the difference between living a holy life and being nice to everyone? 5) Why is discipleship a team sport? What are the advantages and the challenges?