Monday, January 9, 2017

JUMEIRAH 3 SMALL GROUP

My part of this posting is in  bold.

If you are not yet involved in a Small Group I want to encourage you to find one near you and become a vita part of what God is doing in and through the people of EBCI as we study the Bible together.

I am writing about the Small Group I lead. I will promote the others in similar fashion when they give me full details to proceed. Contact me if you want to know if there is a Small Group in your area. Contact me if you want to host a Small Group.

The Jumeirah 3 Small Group will be restarting our study in James. We will be using material made available from Grace Bible Church in College Station, TX. Using the material is not required but is available for all who attend. The material will allow those in the study to better prepare for what will be discussed and covered each week. 

Below is the outline of the 10 weeks of coverage. Following that is the survey portion of the study. Those who are planning to attend, I invite you to go through the survey so we can lay the foundation for the coming 10 lessons.

I LOVE MY SMALL GROUP (formerly known as Transformation Teams)


SURVEY .............................................................................................................................................. 4 

LESSON 1: REJOICE IN TRIALS James 1:1-12................................................................................ 7 

LESSON 2: ESCAPE SIN’S DECEPTION James 1:13-18............................................................... 15 

LESSON 3: OBEY THE LAW OF LIBERTY James 1:19-27 ...........................................................23 

LESSON 4: EMBRACE EQUALITY James 2:1-13 ..........................................................................31 

LESSON 5: FAITH ON THE MOVE James 2:14-26.........................................................................41 

LESSON 6: TAME THE TONGUE James 3:1-12 ............................................................................49 

LESSON 7: HEAL THE DIVIDE James 3:13-4:3.............................................................................59 

LESSON 8: PLEDGE YOUR DEVOTION James 4:4-17.................................................................67 

LESSON 9: INVEST IN ETERNITY James 5:1-12 .......... ............................................................. 75 

LESSON 10: STRENGTHEN ONE ANOTHER James 5:13-20......................................................83

Survey 

P R A Y Begin this time in prayer, confessing any sins you know of, thanking the Lord for the gift of His Word, and asking for His Spirit to guide your study. 

Surveying a book like James allows you to grasp the big picture and the overall storyline of the book before getting caught up in the details. This survey provides a helpful road map to guide your study during the coming weeks. Begin this crucial first step by taking the next twenty minutes to read straight through James without stopping. Then, answer the questions below before moving on to the next page. 

1. What are the major themes or big ideas in this book? (Hint: Look for repeated words and ideas.) 
2. Now that you have read through the entire book, what are James’ purposes in writing it? Be as specific as you can. 
3. What do you notice about the style, language, and structure of this book? What other books of Scripture does James remind you of? Why? 

BACKGROUND 

Once you have completed the introductory questions on the previous page, read this background article on the book of James (portions compiled from The Bible Knowledge Commentary, The New Bible Commentary, and Notes on James by Thomas Constable). 
Few books of the Bible have been more maligned than the little book of James. Martin Luther called it a “right strawy epistle.” But on closer inspection, it proves to be a “right stirring epistle,” designed to exhort and encourage, to challenge and convict, to rebuke and revive, to describe practical holiness, and drive believers toward the goal of a faith that works. James is severely ethical and refreshingly practical. 

AUTHORSHIP The author identifies himself as “James,” a name used by at least four men mentioned in the NT: (1) the son of Zebedee and brother of John (Mark 1:19), (2) the son of Alphaeus (Mark 3:18), (3) the father of Judas (not Iscariot; Luke 6:16), and (4) the half brother of the Lord (Galatians 1:19). Upon studying the evidence, the final option seems most reasonable. The author is James, the half brother of the Lord, who became the recognized leader in the Jerusalem church. This conclusion is supported by the authoritative tone of the letter and by the marked similarities in Greek between this epistle and the speech by James recorded in Acts 15. Though James was reared in the same home with the Lord Jesus, he apparently did not become a believer until after Christ’s resurrection (John 7:5; 1 Corinthians 15:7). Paul later listed James, Peter, and John as “those reputed to be pillars” of the church (Galatians 2:9). Flavius Josephus, first-century historian, records that James was martyred in A.D. 62, so the epistle must have been written prior to that date. Since no mention is made of the Jerusalem Council (A.D. 49) in which James took so active a role, it is likely that the letter was written between A.D. 45 and 48, making James perhaps the earliest of the writings of the New Testament. 

RECIPIENTS 

The greeting “to the 12 tribes scattered among the nations” (James 1:1) tells us that this letter was written to Jewish Christians of the Diaspora, who had been scattered from Palestine and had come to faith in Christ (1:1). Several Jewish references in the book support the claim that a Jew wrote it to other Jews (e.g., 1:18; 2:2, 21; 3:6; 5:4, 7). In fact, the letter as a whole possesses a marked Jewish flavor. The book has the substance and authority of the Prophets and the style and beauty of the Psalms and Proverbs. Considered one of the General Epistles, James, like the epistles of Peter, John, and Jude, is a letter addressed not to individual churches or persons but to a larger sphere of believers. 

STYLE 

The Book of James is as much a lecture as it is a letter. Though it opens with the customary salutation of an epistle, it lacks personal references common in a letter and it has no concluding benediction. It was obviously prepared for public reading as a sermon to the congregations addressed. James included 54 commands in his 108 verses—an average of one call for action in every other verse! The Book of James probably has more figures of speech, analogies, and imagery from nature than all Paul’s epistles together. Exhortations, rhetorical questions, and illustrations from everyday life give spice to this little book. In addition to his unique and innovative style, James furnishes an unusual number of references or parallels to other writings. He makes reference to Abraham, Rahab, Job, Elijah, to the Law and the Ten Commandments, and includes allusions to passages in 21 Old Testament books: Genesis through Deuteronomy, Joshua, 1 Kings, 6 / Survey Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and 7 of the 12 Minor Prophets. Amazing parallelisms exist between James’ letter and the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7. James did not actually quote the Lord’s words, but he obviously had internalized His teachings. No other letter of the New Testament has as many references to the teaching of Jesus per page as does James. 

PURPOSE 

The purpose of this powerful letter is to exhort early believers to spiritual maturity and holiness of life. James told his readers how to achieve spiritual maturity through perseverance in trial, compassionate service to those in need, careful speech with one another, and contrite submission to the Lord. He dealt with every area of a Christian’s life: what he is, what he does, what he says, what he feels, and what he has. With his somewhat stern teaching on practical holiness, James showed how Christian faith and Christian love should be expressed in a variety of actual situations. The seemingly unrelated parts of the book can be harmonized in light of this unified theme. 

MY JAMES OUTLINE... 
  • 1:1-12 
  • 1:13-18 
  • 1:19-27 
  • 2:1-13 
  • 2:14-26 
  • 3:1-12 
  • 3:13-4:3 
  • 4:4-17 
  • 5:1-12 
  • 5:13-20 


Having read the background article on the book of James, now skim through James one more time and create your own title for each of the major sections below (you can divide these into smaller sections, each with its own title, if you wish). Do not use the titles in this packet or in your Bible. Create your own titles that capture your understanding of the main idea of each section. outline the book 

P R A Y 

End your study by returning to the Lord in Prayer. Thank Him for what you have learned this week and lay before Him the needs of your fellow small group members.


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