How God’s Word Is to Change Our Behavior
Key Concept of James: Faith
Key Concept of James 1:13-18:
Genuine faith continues to receive God’s word and change our behavior
I. God’s Word Changes How We Act
A. We need to be Quick to Hear the Word of Truth (v. 19a)
1. Hearing Means Believing
2. Hearing Means Doing
B. We need to be Slow to Anger (vv. 19b-20)
1. Anger Usurps God’s Role as Judge
C. We need to Continue to Rid Ourselves of All Moral Filth and our Desires to Do Evil (v. 21a)
D. We need to Continue to Receive God’s Word (v. 21b)
Questions to consider later
- Summarize how God’s word is to change you.
- What do you have to continuously do to be changed by God’s word?
- What does it mean to be “quick to hear?”
- What does anger do? Does understanding this help you be slow to anger?
- What things can you do to help yourself from getting angry?
- Hopefully you were able to see that for James not being angry and hearing and receiving God’s word are not passive things, but active things we need to do. How can you be a good doer of these things?
- Paul says in Ephesians 4:25-27, Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” How do you reconcile what Paul says with what James says when he urges his audience not to be angry?
- We have a phrase in our Christian culture, “we/they have a righteous anger (indignation).” Do you think James would agree with this statement and practice? Why or why not? Provide a good and thorough explanation.