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James 3:17-18 - The Description of Victory PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Black   
Wednesday, 18 March 2009 02:00

James: A Handbook on Holiness

 

The Description of Victory

James 3:17-18

 

General outline:

 

  1. The Way to Holiness: The Divine Perspective 1:2-27

    1. The Trial-Temptation Complex 1:2-18

    2. The Word of God 1:19-27

  2. The Principles of Holiness: The Biblical Framework 2:1-26

    1. The Law is the Structure of Holiness 2:1-13

    2. Faith is the Dynamics of Holiness 2:14-26

  3. The Implementation of Holiness: The Christian Experience 3:1-4:10

    1. The Obstacle to Victory: Human Impotence 3:1-9

    2. The Nature of Victory 3:10-18

      1. The Rejection of Compromise 3:10-13

      2. The Description of Defeat 3:14-16

      3. The Description of Victory 3:17-18

 

James 3:17-18

The Explanation of Victory

17 But the wisdom from above

The Evidence of Victory

is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere.

The Effect of Victory

18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

 

Discussion Questions:

 

  1. V. 17a – We are told to "kill" sin (Rom. 8:13; Col. 3ff). Victory over sin is the will of God the Father (1 Thess. 4:3), flows from the Savior (John 15:5; Gal. 2:20; Eph. 1:3; Phil. 4:13), is applied by the Spirit (Ez. 36:27; John 7:38-39; Acts 1:8; Rom. 8:9-13; Gal. 5:22-23; Heb. 10:16), presented through scripture (Ps. 119:11; John 17:17; 1 Pet. 2:2), and received by prayer (1 Tim. 4:5; 2 Cor. 3:18). Because our salvation comes "from above," is the Christian's fight with sin ___ a winning or ___ losing battle? Or ___ a tie?

  2. V. 17b – Think of an example from scripture or life of each of these traits of Godly wisdom. _____________________________________________________________________________
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  3. V. 18 – How does making peace with your neighbor today bring "a harvest of righteousness" tomorrow? ___________________________________________________________________

 
Matt. 9:1-8 - Power to Forgive Sins PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 15 March 2009 02:00
  1. Introduction

    1. Outline. Matthew is intent to convince us of the power of Jesus Christ over the wind and waves, over demons, and now in today's passage, over our sins. He teaches that Christ has power to forgive sins by showing us justification by faith in vv. 1-2, condemnation through unbelief in vv. 3-5, and the proof to all in vv. 6-8.

      1. Justification by Faith vv. 1-2

      2. Condemnation through Unbelief vv. 3-5

      3. The Proof to All vv. 6-8

 
James 3:14-16 - The Description of Defeat PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 11 March 2009 02:00

James: A Handbook on Holiness

 

The Description of Defeat

James 3:14-16

 

General outline:

 

  1. The Way to Holiness: The Divine Perspective 1:2-27

    1. The Trial-Temptation Complex 1:2-18

    2. The Word of God 1:19-27

  2. The Principles of Holiness: The Biblical Framework 2:1-26

    1. The Law is the Structure of Holiness 2:1-13

    2. Faith is the Dynamics of Holiness 2:14-26

  3. The Implementation of Holiness: The Christian Experience 3:1-4:10

    1. The Obstacle to Victory: Human Impotence 3:1-9

    2. The Nature of Victory 3:10-18

      1. The Rejection of Compromise 3:10-13

      2. The Description of Defeat 3:14-16

      3. The Description of Victory 3:17-18

 

James 3:14-16

The Root of Defeat

14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth.

The Explanation of Defeat

15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

The Evidence of Defeat

16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.

 

Discussion Questions:

 

  1. V. 14 – This "bitter jealousy and selfish ambition" means the motives which move you to oppose others and promote yourself. What are some words we use to describe people who are this way? ____________________________________________________________________

  2. If you are this way, you need the correction James gives - "do not boast and be false to the truth." What should you do instead of boast (see v. 13)? _______________________________ What is "the truth" you are denying (see vv. 13, 15)? _________________________________

  3. V. 15 – What specifically is evil about the "wisdom" in "bitter jealousy and selfish ambition"? _____________________________________________________________________________

  4. V. 16 – What outward evils result from "jealousy and selfish ambition"? __________________
    ____________________ Why? _________________________________________________
    Do you see these things in your life? ______________________________________________

 
Matt. 8:28-34 - The Demons Obey Him PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Black   
Sunday, 08 March 2009 14:49
  1. Introduction

    1. Context

      1. As we come to the close of Matthew 8 we are at the halfway point between the Sermon on the Mount and Christ's second sermon in the book. In chapters 8 and 9 Christ shows us the works of His kingdom, by healing the sick and demonstrating His power over both the natural and the spiritual world. Last week we heard Jesus' disciples marvel "Even the wind and waves obey Him!" and today we see that even the demons obey Him.

    2. Jonathan Edwards' Tri-World Vision.

      1. Hell. Scripture commonly names two realms of creation in close connection to one another – heaven and earth. It does so especially to direct our attention to God in heaven, that we would heed His word, be reconciled to Him, and finally live with Him in heaven. But there is a third realm of creation, hell. Jonathan Edwards is well-known for what has been called his "Tri-World Vision," his explaining the truths of Christianity by tracing the interwoven histories of the three realms of heaven, earth, and hell.1 Though Jesus cast out demons at many other times, the events recorded in this passage give us a special glimpse into the character of hell, as it wrought its evil influence upon the lives of men on earth.

      2. Heaven. Terrible though this influence is, this passage teaches there is a power greater than the wicked spirits who inhabit hell and earth. Jesus is God, come from heaven, to reign in heaven and on earth, and even over the powers of hell! From this passage we should learn of the power of Satan, but also the greater power of Jesus Christ.

    3. Outline. We learn the power and character of Satan and his demons in the demons' request in vv. 28-31, and the power and character of Jesus Christ in Jesus' command in vv. 32-34.

      1. The Demons' Request vv. 28-31

      2. Jesus' Command vv. 32-34

 
James 3:10-13 - The Rejection of Compromise PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 04 March 2009 02:00

James: A Handbook on Holiness

 

The Rejection of Compromise

James 3:10-13

 

General outline:

 

  1. The Way to Holiness: The Divine Perspective 1:2-27

    1. The Trial-Temptation Complex 1:2-18

    2. The Word of God 1:19-27

  2. The Principles of Holiness: The Biblical Framework 2:1-26

    1. The Law is the Structure of Holiness 2:1-13

    2. Faith is the Dynamics of Holiness 2:14-26

  3. The Implementation of Holiness: The Christian Experience 3:1-4:10

    1. The Obstacle to Victory: Human Impotence 3:1-9

      1. The Fact of Human Impotence 3:1-5

      2. The Root of Human Impotence 3:6-9

    2. The Nature of Victory 3:10-18

 

James 3:10-13

The Impropriety of Compromise

10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

The Impossibility of Compromise

11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water?

12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

The Challenge of Compromise

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom.

 

Discussion Questions:

 

  1. V. 10 – Are we morally obligated to be consistently gracious in our speech? _______________

  2. Vv. 11-12 – Springs and plants produce fruit “according to their kinds” (Gen. 1:11); according to their nature. From what kind of heart does blessing come? ___________ Cursing? ________ Which kind of heart does a Christian have? Consider Matt. 7:15-20.

  3. Springs, figs, olives, and grapes provide us food & drink. How do words of blessing & cursing “feed” other people when they take them in? Consider Prov. 18:21. _____________________
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  4. James says this inconsistency is impossible in nature. Is it impossible in the Christian? Consider John 15:1-17; 1 John 1:8-10; 3:6, 9; 5:18.

  5. V. 13 – Notice the ministerial trajectory of a life-producing tongue: by the Spirit, a heart of wisdom speaks godly words humbly accompanied by works so others are blessed.

 
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