Read for This Week’s Study: James 2:14-26; Rom. 3:27-28;Titus 2:14; 2 Cor. 4:2; Rom. 4:1-5; Josh. 2:1-21.
Memory Text: For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also (James 2:26, NKJV).
He was a successful doctor and an elder in a high-profile church of several hundred members. He was a major giver to the church’s big projects, and his generosity encouraged others to be more sacrificial. The doctor was also a great preacher. [...]
As the girls hurried on through the night, they passed three young men. They didn’t look up when the boys pointed fingers at them and made crude remarks, but kept walking as quickly as they could. Then they became aware that someone was following them. It must be one of the three boys, Rocio thought. The girls did not look back, but kept walking toward their destination. Rocio squeezed Mery’s hand and whispered a prayer, “Dear God, please [...]
Further Study: Ellen G. White, Facing Life’s Record, The Great Controversy, p. 479-491.
God has acknowledged you before men and angels as His child; pray that you may do no dishonor to theworthy name by which ye are called. James 2:7. God sends you into the world as His representative. In every act of life you are to make manifest the name of God. . . . This you can do only through the acceptance of the grace and righteousness [...]
Read James 2:12-13. See also John 12:48; Rom. 2:12-13; 2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20:12-13. What do these verses teach about judgment?
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Nothing is clearer than the teaching that we will be judged by the law based on what we have done, whether for good or for evil. At the same time, too, the Bible is also clear that through faith in Jesus, we are covered by His righteousness.
This covering entails two aspects: forgiveness (justification) and [...]
[Thought questions for Love and the Law October 28, 2014]
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Love without Liking. Your lesson this week asks you to love even those you don’t like. Wait a minute! Is that possible? What about the marriage that goes bad? Is the wife obliged to love the husband she can’t stand any more? What if he uses his physical strength to impress on her that he’s the boss she must obey? Then think of men who [...]
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Read James 2:10-11. Now read the passages listed in the table below and classify them as either emphasizing the whole law, the law of love, or both.
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Law of Love
It is hard for us to grasp how radical Jesus’ teaching on the law was. For devout Jews then (and for many today) one cannot really claim to keep the law without a commitment to keeping all the [...]
It is called Bigfoot – a huge ape-like creature that some believe inhabits forests in North America. For many years there have been supposed sightings. People claim to have personally seen this mysterious creature and found evidence, such as large unusual footprints. Even though most of the supposed sightings and gathered evidence have been proven to be hoaxes, people still believe. As you read this, someone is likely hunting for Bigfoot.
I thought about the search for Bigfoot when I read this [...]
Key Thought : It is our love for God that leads us to do His will. It is the doers of His law of love who will be justified..
[Lesson Plan for Love and the Law October 27, 2014]
1. Have a volunteer read James 2:1-7.
a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Are we to ignore the rich and cater to the poor? Don’t poor people love riches just as [...]
Read James 2:8-9, along with Leviticus 19:17-18 and Matthew 5:43-45. What crucial message are we being given here?
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James calls God’s law the royal law (James 2:8) because it is the law of the KING OF KINGS (Rev. 19:16). The law of His kingdom is given in detail in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), which includes the first of nine references in the [...]