Faith Works 

Announcement: Please take the role if you are meeting. If you struggle for whatever reason, please email me at [email protected]

Coaching: Virtually doing your class may be a bit awkward, so here are a few ways that might help. 

  1. We can avoid awkward transitions by saying the answer of the person back in your own words and validating how the answer added value to the conversation. 
  2. Ask a question and then ask what someone who may be less involved thinks. Some people like me are an enemy of silence, so I will fill the void by just answering the question, but if we work more people into the conversation, it will make the whole discussion smoother. 
  3. It may be helpful if you have little ones to wait a little later for your group so that they can be put down for bed. 

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.”
    • Pastor Todd, “Wisdom is seen in a person’s deeds, in how they deal with people… not in their cold regurgitation of knowledge.”
    • This is the thing that Jesus hammered the Pharisees about. The way that they applied the law was not driven by love and gentleness. Rather they oppressed the people with their knowledge of God. Therefore they did not have wisdom from above.
  • 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?
    • This is a hard question because the answer depends on the specific situation. Think about how Jesus drove the people out with whips who were wrongly using the Temple, but the woman who the law said should have been executed for fornication Jesus stood between her and the crowd and showed her gentleness. 
  • 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?
    • This should have lots of different answers. The one idea that I would like you to work in, though, is that worldly wisdom is not concerned with the eternal, just the temporal. 
  • In your life, what areas do you have to fight depending on worldly wisdom?
    • For most of us, the area right now might be trusting the world to solve the Covid-19 problem, or looking to the government to solve our new financial issues. Not that God does not use men to carry out His purposes, but it is the difference in trusting the things in the world and trusting the God of the world. 
  • 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?
    • James 1:5 “If anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask God.”
  • 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? 
    • One thing I have heard from the teens in our congregation, they are super stressed out. The news stays on in their homes and they are hearing from are people who are paid to cause anxiety for ratings. Limiting the media we consume is one way we can practice wisdom and consideration of those in our homes. 
  • 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?
    • You could share the link to the sermon.
    • You could send a zoom invite for someone to join in on your Lifegroup.