Welcome to week sixteen of our study on the Epistle of James! Tonight we will learn how to resist friendship with the world by drawing near to God and being humble before Him while resisting the devil.
Week One – An Expository Study of James
Week Two – Joy in Our Trials
Week Three – Giving Birth to Sin Part One
Week Four – Giving Birth to Sin Part Two
Week Five – Receiving the Word
Week Six – Receiving the Word Part Two
Week Seven – The Royal Law
Week Eight – The Royal Law Part Two
Week Nine – A Living Faith
Week Ten – A Living Faith Part Two
Week Eleven – A World of Iniquity/Taming the Tongue
Week Twelve – Taming the Tongue Part Two
Week Thirteen – Heavenly Wisdom
Week Fourteen – Heavenly Wisdom Part Two
Week Fifteen – Warning Against Worldliness
- Opening prayer
- Read James 4:6-10
- Read the study notes from ESV.org
- Answer questions 5-9 on page 10 of Workbook on the Epistle of James
- Closing prayer
Almighty God, thank You once again for this group, and for this time we are gathered together in the name of your Son. We ask in humble prayer that you pour Your Holy Wisdom over us through the power of the Holy Spirit as we study tonight, and as we strive to apply to our lives the many lessons found in the Book of James. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
- Last week, we determined that many conflicts and quarrels arise as a result of human passions and desires for pleasure.
- We examined the words “desire” and “lust” and learned that the Greek word James used for “desire” is where we get the word “hedonism”, the doctrine that pleasure or happiness is the sole or chief good in life.
- Instead we should be turning to God in prayer, being sure we are humble and remember that God will answer prayers that align with His will and timing.
Read James 4:6-10 and answer questions 5-9 on page 10 of the workbook.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the wise instruction to live godly and victorious lives in the book of James. I praise and glorify Your holy name that I have all I need for life and godliness, through faith in Jesus Christ. Help me surrender my life and maintain sweet fellowship with You. Purify my heart and keep me from double-mindedness. May I hate sin in all its ugly guises and mourn over the things that dishonor Your holy name. Keep me low at the Cross and I pray that I would humble my heart before you daily, and live and work for Your greater praise and glory. This I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Next week, we will be looking at James 4:11-12 and answering questions 1-4 on page 11 of the workbook.
Have a wonderful week, ladies!
Featured image is from James 4: 1-12 Spoken Word