When people get caught in sin, they make some crazy excuses: “I was drunk,” “it’s only 10mph over the speed limit,” or “no one was hurt so its not a big deal” are common examples.
- What are some excuses you have seen used for sin?
- Most people won’t directly say, “I am being tempted by God.” What do they say instead?
It is impossible for God to be tempted.
- What other things that are impossible for God?
- Why would tempting someone to sin go against God’s nature?
In the downward spiral of sin, we have a pattern of desire à temptation à desire à sin à death.
- Is every desire sinful? If no, what is the difference between healthy desire and sinful desire?
- Does the death in this passage only mean physical death? If not, what does it mean?
- What deception does God want us to avoid in this passage?
- How does verse 17 help us distinguish between healthy desire and sinful desire?
- How does the changing morality of our culture contrast with this description of God?
- What is implied if we are first fruits?
This passage is often used in the context of dealing with conflict.
- How does this passage apply to defending our faith and defending morality?
- If the word is already implanted in us, why do we have to receive it humbly?
- If you had the choice of going to church to hear a sermon, or going across the street to serve someone in a way that lets them know how to be saved, which do you think God would prefer?
- Is this usually a choice you must make?
First James says hearing and seeing the right things is not enough, now he says saying the right things is not enough.
- How does our speech reveal what is in our hearts?
- What are the two aspects of pure religion in God’s eyes?
- Why do you think that people either focus on those in need or on the purity, but not both?
The term “Visit” means to look after and care for, not just to see.
- How does this shift what is done in church “visitation”.