Current teaching Series

The Book of James

 COMPANION GUIDE FOR

JAMES 5

 

Greetings!

 Thanks for picking up this booklet. It is a result of study, prayer, and reflection on our community at Restoration Church Camano Island.

 The vision of Restoration Church is to “Connect people with the restoring grace of Jesus Christ.” We do this when we love and obey God more each day. This comes from hearing, reading, studying, meditating on, memorizing, and applying (obeying) the Bible. This guide is written for this aim. Our methods are to be Biblical, simple, and reproducible. It is not comprehensive, but it will aid you in practical application of prayer, reading, meditation, personal obedience, and discussion with others.

 The Christian life is meant to be lived with others. We gather for worship. This is essential! Every believer needs others in community to grow. You cannot do it alone. So, gather with another one, two, or a few outside your household for community. Share a meal, go for a walk, schedule a visit to read God’s word, reflect on the passage, ask each other the questions, and pray for each other to grow healthily in Christ as you live out God’s mission.

 We are praying for God to build your life deeper and stronger with Him by applying Scripture to all of your life. We are asking God to help you know the freedom and joy in following Him in EVERY area of life. We are asking for God to transform our families and church into a community of grace and truth making much of Jesus Christ.

 2 Timothy 2:2

Pastor Troy 

 

 

HOW TO USE THIS TOOL

Tools are meant to be used. They have a purpose. They make tasks and activities a bit easier. But this requires they be used and used properly. The more someone uses a tool, the more effective they become with it! An expert painter spends hours with a brush in their hand, the sculptor with a hammer and chisel. Tools that remain in the toolbox, get rusty and dusty.

 This is a simple tool. It is now in your hands. It is up to you to use it. It is my hope for you to use these tools to become a builder of your life and others. That you would become a skilled builder of the work God is doing. Work out your salvation as God works in you!

 Each week there are three basic elements.

 The first is a space for sermon notes. There is some blank space for you to take notes or doodle your thoughts. There is a memory verse each week.

 The second is some application questions relating to the passage and sermon for discussion in the Gospel Community Question section. You can ponder these by yourself, discussed with a friend over coffee, or over a shared meal with a group in someone’s home. No need for special preparation and study-listen to the sermon, takes notes, and then discuss the questions!

 The third section is a space for your personal Bible study notes. This section can help you focus and direct your study and help build the discipline of a daily time with God and His Word. A simple method which is easy to remember is S.O.A.P. Read the Scripture, Observe what it says in context, Apply the timeless principle, and Pray!

 The last section is simply a list of the resources used by Pastor Troy in his study and writing of this series. If you want to study and dig deeper in Biblical scholarship, this will help!

 

 

WEEK 1 Sermon Notes

 Main text:                                                                     JAMES 5:1-6

Supporting texts:                           

 WEEK 1 Gospel Community Questions

 READ:         JAMES 5

FOCUS:      JAMES 5:1-6

This is one of the sharpest warnings against careless luxury in the Bible. Why do you think James was so adamant about laying up treasure in the last days?

 What should the church do and say about the wrong way riches are handled individually and in society as a whole?

 Wealth is always a relative thing. We can always think of people who have more than we do, and so excuse ourselves from the accusation of being one of those “rich people.” How can we overcome this problem and gain an accurate perspective on our actual situation when it comes to how rich or poor we are?

 How do power and wealth work hand in hand in our world today as well?

 What warnings in this passage do you see as being relevant to you?

 How can you use what God has entrusted to you to further His Kingdom?

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT IN GOD’S WORD

(Remember the S.O.A.P. method!)

MEMORY VERSE:                                                                           

MONDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:

 Praises and Prayer Requests:

 TUESDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:

 Praises and Prayer Requests:

 WEDNESDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:

  praises and Prayer Requests:

 THURSDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:

     Praises and Prayer Requests:

 FRIDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:

 Praises and Prayer Requests:

 

WEEK 2 Sermon Notes

 

Main text: JAMES 5:7-12                                                            

Supporting texts:                           

 

 

WEEK 2 Gospel Community Questions

 READ:            JAMES 5

FOCUS:          JAMES 5:7-12

 Generations of Christians have been waiting for the Lord to appear. How would you describe what it is like for you to wait for the return of the Lord?

 How does James encourage his readers to be patient fo the appearing of the Lord? How does it contrast with the vs 1-5?

 N.T. Wright says a hasty spirit is a form of pride. How should being patient affect our speech?

 How are the prophets and Job examples of patience?

 What attributes of God help you to have a strong heart and be patient? Describe how these attributes help you wait for the Lord’s return.

 

 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT IN GOD’S WORD

(Remember the S.O.A.P. method!)

MEMORY VERSE:

MONDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:

 Praises and Prayer Requests:

 TUESDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:

 Praises and Prayer Requests:

 WEDNESDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

 THURSDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:
  • Praises and Prayer Requests:

 FRIDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:

 Praises and Prayer Requests:

 

 

WEEK 3 Sermon Notes

 Main text:                             JAMES 5:13-20

Supporting texts:               

 

 

WEEK 3 Gospel Community Questions

READ:                  JAMES 5

FOCUS:                JAMES 5:13-20

 Why is it appropriate for James to finish his letter with a call to prayer?

 What instructions does James give to his readers in vs 13-14?

 What are the results of following these instructions (V15)?

 How is each result mysterious and full of meaning?

 How do you respond to the promise that prayer offered in faith for the sick make them well?

 Why do you think James connects healing with forgiveness?

 How does forgiveness give a new start to those who confess the sin dragging them down? How does it lead to new possibilities?

 Why do you think prayer is so neglected in our culture?

 In what ways would you like to grow as a person who prays powerfully?

 In what ways can RCC engage in prayer?

 

 

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT IN GOD’S WORD

(Remember the S.O.A.P. method!)

MEMORY VERSE:

MONDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:
  • praises and Prayer Requests

TUESDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:

    Praises and Prayer Requests:

 

WEDNESDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:

    Praises and Prayer Requests:

 THURSDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:

    Praises and Prayer Requests:

 FRIDAY

  • Bible reading:
  • Personal Application:

 Praises and Prayer Requests:

 Bibliography

Grant R. Osborne, R. Robert Mulholland Jr. Cornerstone Biblical Commentary: James, 1-2 Peter, Revelation. Edited by Philip W. Comfort. Carol Stream : Tyndale House Publishing, 2011.

Holmes, Michael W. The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature, 2011-2013.

Kamell, Craig L. Blomberg & Mariam J. James: Zondervan Exegetical Commentary Series on the New Testament. Edited by Clinton E. Arnold. Vol. 16. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008.

Lea, Thomas D. Hebrews, James: Holman New Testament Commentary. Vol. 10. Nasvhille: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1999.

Martin, Ralph P. James: Word Biblical Commentary. Edited by Glenn W. Barker David A. Hubbard. Vol. 48. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1988.

Moo, Douglas J. The Letter of James: Pillar New Testament Commentary. Grand Rapids: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2021.

Platt, David. Christ Centered Exposition: Exalting Jesus In James. Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2014.

Richardson, Kurt A. James: The New American Commentary. Vol. 36. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishing, 1997.

Schultz, Richard L. Out of Context: How to Avoid Misinterpreting the Bible. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2012.

The Holy Bible : English Standard Version. Wheaton IL: Crossway Bibles 2016, n.d.

Wright, N.T., and Phyllis J. Le Peau. James: 9 Studies for Individuals and Groups. Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2012