While we are doing distance youth group, I decided that we will study a classic in the book of James and postpone the relationship series for when we meet in person again. One of my favorite resources puts James in this way, "James combines the wisdom of his brother Jesus with the book of Proverbs in his own challenging call to live a life wholly devoted to God." (The Bible Project). I think that is what we need right now as it is the season of Lent and we are in uncertain times.
We will meet Friday at 3 on Zoom. I will send the link that morning. For this week please read James 1:19-27. There is a couple questions below we will address during our meeting. Feel free to do this as a family before our meeting, take notes, write down questions about the passage, and really take some time for you and God. I hope this will bless you in these uncertain times. Also this will evovle as we go. Feel free to ask questions
James 1:19-27 Hint: Use context clues ;)
- So what was the focus for last week? What do you remember?
- What does it mean "to be quick to hear"?
- What does it mean to be "slow to speak"?
- What does it mean to be "slow to anger" ?
- What is the opposite of anger?
- What is meekness?
- What does it mean to be "doers of the word" ?
- Read MAtthew 13:1-9, 18-23
- Verse 22-27 reminds us of the parable of the sower. So where are you? Are you only a hearer? Are you a doer? Can you be a doer and not hear? Are you a seed that has been planted and is choked by thorns? Where are you on the spectrem?
- Verses 26–27 focus on “religion.” How would you define “religion”? How does James?
Finally take time to pray. Ask God where you need to focus on (to be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger). Ask God for meekness once you figure out what it means of course. Give up to Him your struggles with all of these. Ask Him how you can be a does of the word in these wierd times. and finally just ask for His holy peace.
Ill see you tomorrow.