Faith or Works?
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After getting this far into the book of James, chances are you might be a bit confused. After all, James seems to contradict nearly everything Paul says in the book of Romans. He consistently talks about “works” whereas Paul was the “champion of grace.” However, how can the Bible contradict itself on such a major theological topic? For example, Paul writes in Romans 3:28 that “a man is justified by faith apart from the works of the law.” However, James […]

08: The Humility of Heavenly Wisdom – Thought Starters
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“Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you” (James 4:10 NASB)

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[thought questions for The Humility of Heavenly Wisdom November 11, 2014]

1. “He will exalt you.” Some struggling Christian might read these words by James and say, “Okay. Small price to pay. I’ll humble myself before the Lord, and he’ll make me important in the church—and elsewhere.” Is that the apostle’s intent when he wrote these words—to provide a lesson on how […]

08: The Humility of Heavenly Wisdom – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : It is the love of self that brings unrest. We need the same mind of Jesus that humbled Himself that we might be saved.

[Lesson Plan for The Humility of Heavenly Wisdom October 17. 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read James 3:13-16.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. What is the Bible definition of worldly wisdom here? How is Godly wisdom different?
c. Personal Application: How can we […]

07: Taming the Tongue – Hit the Mark
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Taming the Tongue

Today, as I write this week’s thoughts on Taming the Tongue, an assorted group of scientist have successfully landed a spacecraft on a comet. This historic achievement that cost well over 1 billion dollars is part of an ongoing attempt to discover the origins of life. Some hope that contained within the elements gathered by this machine, will be clues to man’s origin. It has to be more than God speaking.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;
let all the people of […]

Hopess: Taming the Tongue
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You can view a discussion of the current lesson in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. You might also want to bookmark the HopeSS Youtube channel.

07: Taming the Tongue – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Taming the Tongue November 11, 2014]

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1. But it’s so strong! Have you ever heard that the tongue is the strongest muscle in the human body? That’s actually a myth. When it comes to strength, the tongue comes in behind the strongest group of muscles—those that close the jaw. Do both types of muscle play a role in what we say? Do the words we speak reflect what we think? Have you ever […]

07: Taming the Tongue – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : Words hold tremendous power. Words can soothe and reassure, or poison and contaminate.

[Lesson Plan for Taming the Tongue November 10, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read James 3:1,2.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. Why does being a teacher or leader bring a greater condemnation? How do we offend in many things?
c. Personal Application: Has anyone influenced you in a positive way? How did they impact […]

HopeSS: Faith That Works
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You can view a discussion of the current lesson in the Hope Sabbath School class led by Pastor Derek Morris. (Adobe Flash Player version.) A Youtube version of this week’s lesson at Hope Sabbath School is below. You can download the video, the MP3 audio, and the lesson outline from the HopeTV Sabbath School Site. You might also want to bookmark the HopeSS Youtube channel.

06: Faith that Works – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Faith that Works November 4, 2014]

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1. Faith without works is dead.

James didn’t mince words, did he? Why did he speak so boldly, so plainly, about how faith is as useless as a dead body in the Christian faith? If the doctor-preacher in the story at the beginning of the lesson had survived, what would he need to do to recover from his terrible fall from God’s grace? Would he need […]

06: Faith That Works – Lesson Plan
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Key Thought : Faith and works cannot be separated. We can’t be saved by our works, but without them, our faith is useless.

[Lesson Plan for Faith That Works November 3, 2014]

1. Have a volunteer read James 2:18.

a. Ask class members to share a thought on what the most important point in this text is.
b. How do we show our faith by our works? Can a person do good works and yet not have faith?
c. Personal Application: Is there a […]