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James 4:1-10 - Quarrels and Judgment

Kevin Finkenbinder

James 4:1-10 - Quarrels and Judgment

  1. Why do people fight argue and disagree?
  2. What are the criteria by which we should evaluate ourselves and other believers?

James 4:1-3

  1. What is lust? – Matthew 5:28, 1 John 2:16, Mark 4:19 (desires for other things), John 8:44 (desires), Romans 6:12, Romans 7:7-8 (coveting), Colossians 3:5 (evil desires), 2 Timothy 4:3 (desires), Titus 2:12 (desires)
  2. What is murder? – Matthew 5:21-22, James 5:4-6
  3. What is envy? – James 4:5 (jealousy)
  4. How is envy different from lust?
  5. How do we evaluate our own motives?
  6. Should we evaluate the motives of others? If not, why?  If so, how?

James 4:4-5

  1. How is friendship with the world hostility toward God?
  2. Does this mean that we should not be friends with non-Christians?
  3. If envy is bad, why is God’s jealousy good?

James 4:6-7

  1. BUT refers to friendship with the world. Why do we need greater grace if we are not going to seek friendship with the world?
  2. How is friendship with the world a form of pride?

James 4:8-10

  1. How do we become friends with God?
  2. What prevents us getting closer to God (verse 8b)?
  3. Does God want us to be miserable? Then why does verse 9 say what it does?