Faith Works

James 3:13-18

3:13: Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. 

3:14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth.

3:15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above but is earthly, natural, demonic.

3:16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.

3:17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.

3:18 And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Church Vision Statemen

We are a biblically rooted church that wants to help you overcome life’s emptiness through a deeper relationship with Christ and connection to a family who cares.

Transformation Questions:

  • James is explaining what it looks like for a person to have wisdom in his or her life. What does he mean in verse 13 when he says, “Let him show by his good behavior, his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom.”
  • Where are places in your life you feel you might be oppressing people with the letter of the law and not living in the law of love and gentleness?
  • What do you think is the balance between holding to the letter of the Law, because God gave the law for a reason, and being gentle with people where they are struggling? When do you think a person needs tough love, or when do they need mercy?
  • Who in your life have you seen exemplify this way of living in deeds of the gentleness of wisdom? 
  • What are the attributes of worldly wisdom?
  • In your life, what areas do you have to fight depending on worldly wisdom?
  • Have you ever met someone who you consider to have wisdom from above? What about their conversations lead you to believe that they have this kind of wisdom?
  • How does James say we can receive this wisdom from above?
  • How can we protect the hearts of the people in our household?
  • With all the new struggles and chaos of Covid-19, do you have any stories of how God is using people to shine light into the darkness?
  • People with wisdom from above consider those around them. How are we considering those who may not be as mature as us during the Covid-19 crisis? Or how are we adding to people’s fears and anxieties? 
  • Even though we have a shelter in place order on us right now, how can we continue to think and act with an invitational mindset?