The first half of our study was spent on a question asking if soldiers in war commit murder. The second half returned to James with a review of last week's discussion about loving God followed by James' reference to judgment and mercy.
We return to the second chapter of James in our study tonight beginning with a discussion on loving God and continuing with a discussion of living under and being judged by the law of liberty.
Tonight we continue our tour through the lexicon on the word judging.
After a brief digression on the parable of the wheat and tares, we continue with our study of the subject of judgment using a lexicon.
Our entire study was spent on a question about scriptures that, in our cultural context, seem deeply disturbing especially in regard to the treatment of women.
In this study we continue using a Lexicon to study the word "judge" as well as answer a question about homosexuality.
This evening's study was spent almost entirely on questions and comments. The first half dealt with the impact of living a life of selfless love on our families. The second half dwelt heavily on mercy, forgiveness, and repentance and concluded with a short foray into using a lexicon to explore the topic of judgment.
In this study, we review some of the important points of James 1 by examining the writing of Vincent Ferrer and Paul's comments to the Corinthians about the collection for the Church in Jerusalem, discuss how Christians can be pursuing the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees rather than the righteousness of Jesus, and then continue into James' comments on showing partiality and wrong thinking in chapter 2. We conclude by introducing lexicons as tools for Bible Study.
We conclude the first chapter of James focusing on James' admonition to be doers of the word and explore his references to deceiving ourselves. This includes an examination of how we use our tongues and how fully we are willing to come out of the world.
Our study of James continues with a discussion of the implanted word and interior transformation. We also respond to a question about judgment, punishment, and proper reception of the Eucharist.
Tonight's entire study was spent answering a question spawned by our discussion of James 1:19-20: "Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, for the anger of man does not work the righteousness of God", specifically about understanding God's anger.
In this study, in response to James' admonition to be "quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath", we cross reference many scriptures about speech, anger, and making peace. We conclude by examining the phrase "God's righteousness" and compare that to other forms of righteousness.
We continue through the Letter of James discussing overcoming sin at its root and the progression from sinfulness to sin to death contrasting the path to death with the path to life. We digress a bit onto the subject of first fruits and conclude with an exploration of the literal meaning of our rebirth.
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Foundations of Bible Study