James – Session 3 (James 1:18-27)
James has addressed external trials (1:2-11) and encouraged us to stand up under internal temptations (1:12-18). The end goal here is our living God’s character. But how is this accomplished? What does it look like? James gives some avenues to avoid because they’re without effect. He also gives some examples of a life lived in God’s character.
The Study: Here are some questions to think through as you process this passage for this coming Sunday:
- How are the three exhortations in 1:19 related?
- What is the anger of man unable to do in 1:20?
- What kind of heart do we have to approach the Word according to 1:21? Why do you think that would be important?
- Where should we be looking according to 1:22-25?
- Do you think James views the law positively or negatively in 1:25?
- What are some things James points to if you want to live out your faith in 1:27?
As the Lord leads, read through James 1 this week. Mediate on James 1:18-27, thinking through the passage slowly and purposefully. The memory verse this week is James 1:19-20.
The Memory Verse: James 1:19-20, “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;  for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”
The Passage: James 1:19-27 (ESV)
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;  for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.  Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.  For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror.  For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.  But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.
 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.  Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.