Posted by: heisourstrongtower | April 1, 2013


Moments with God
New Testament Bible Reading Plan
Day 53

Surround me with your tender mercies so I may live,
for your instructions are my delight.
Bring disgrace upon the arrogant people who lied about me;
meanwhile, I will concentrate on your commandments.
Let me be united with all who fear you,
with those who know your laws.
May I be blameless in keeping your decrees;
then I will never be ashamed. Psalm 119:77-80

Heavenly Father, You have made Your presence known throughout the Earth, so those who do not trust in You are without excuse. We seek the wisdom that comes from You and Your word, so we might avoid sin and serve You with faithful hearts. We come to You in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and ask You to forgive us for our sins. We pray that You will fill us with Your Holy Spirit and empower us to walk blamelessly in Your sight and do what is right. We rejoice in the presence of our Lord and Savior, and praise You with hearts of love as we pray in the name of Jesus, Amen

Today’s Assignment is to read the book of James

Day 53 Bible Reading Plan

But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. James 1:6-8

Study Questions for James 1

Greetings (1:1)

Who wrote the letter? (Acts 12:2, 17, 15:13, 21:17-18; Gal. 1:19; Jude 1:1) How does he describe himself? Who is the letter to? (Jer. 31:9-10) What is unusual about the recipients? (Jer. 31:9-10) What does it mean that he calls them brothers in verse 2?

Trial and Temptations (1:2-18)

Will all believers face trails? (2) How are we to respond when we face trials? Why? (3) Why is perseverance so important? (4, 12, 5:10-11; Rom. 5:3-5)

How is knowledge different from wisdom and why is the later better to ask for? (5) When we ask God for something like wisdom what one thing is important? (6-8)

How is understanding about what is important opposite in the kingdom of God and the kingdoms of the world? (9-10; Luke 6:20-21, 18:23-24) What is the truth about the rich? (11)

Who is to blame for us being tempted? (13-14; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 1:24) Can God be tempted? Why or why not? (Heb. 4:15) What does this tell us about the nature of temptation? (15)

What do we learn about the nature of God from verses 16-17? What did God chose to do for us? What does it mean that we are “a kind of first-fruits of all he created”? (Exodus 23:16; Matt. 13:37-39)

Listening and Doing (1:19-27)

What do listening, speaking, and anger have in common? (19-20) What can we learn from verse 20 about an aspect of a righteous life? (Psalm 37:8-9; Pro. 29:8, 11) How is God’s anger different from man’s anger? (Exodus 34:6-7; Nahum 1:2-3; Psalm 30:4-5) Is verse 21 advice or a command?

How his hearing God’s word and not doing deceptive? (22) What is the meaning behind the allegory in verses 23 and 24?

How is Bible study and application dependent on each other? (25)

Why is what we say so important? (26) What example can we learn from Jesus about our speech? What status did orphans and widows have in James time and how can we apply verse 27 to our lives today?

Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.” James 2:18

Study Questions for James 2

Favoritism Forbidden (3:1-13)

Who is addressed in verse 1? Why does he call them his brothers and what does this tell us about the point that follow? What is the point he is making?

What kind of meeting is he referring to? What two types of men are portrayed? What do you think and feel like when you see people you don’t recognize and/or are different from you in your meeting place?

How and why is verse 3 a typical reaction from fallen mankind? Why is this way of thinking wrong? (4; John 7:24) What evil thought might spring forth from seeing a rich man walk into a meeting?

What is true about many who have come to be true believers in Jesus? (5) Who is it who choses people to be rich in faith? Why are the facts in verses 6 and 7 true even to this day?

What truth about the law is found in verses 9 and 10? What impact should this truth have? (11)

What kind of judgement will true believers in Jesus be subjected to? (12; Romans 14:11-12; 1 Cor. 3:11-15; 2 Cor. 5:9-10)

Faith and Deeds (3:14-26)

What truth does verse 17 state? What illustration is given to prove it? (15-17)

What truth does verse 18 state? What illustration is given to prove it? (19)

When did the event in verses 20-22 take place in Abraham’s life? (Gen. 22:1-2) Was Abraham considered righteous before or after this event? (Gen. 15:6) What then does James prove here about true faith? (24)

But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. James 3:17

Study Questions for James 3

Tame the Tongue (3:1-12)

Though many can teach any subject what makes them a good teacher? Though many can teach any subject what makes them a good teacher? According to verse 1 will those in the family of God be judged all the same?

What does it mean “we all stumble in many ways” in regard to the fact that we will all be judged? Can anyone claim to be never at fault in what they say? Why should a teacher, who uses his tongue be careful with their words?

What is common in the three allegories in verses 3 thru 5? Why do people boast and why can’t a Bible teacher boast?

According to verse 6, what other effect can our words have? (Matt. 12:33-37) Since we can’t tame the tongue is there any hope that it to be tamed? (7-8; Mark 10:27)

What does it mean to curse men and why is this wrong? (9-10)

How is the heart a water spring? Considering all these allegories, what must a good Bible teacher do? (John 15:1-4)

Wisdom (3:13-18)

Where does wisdom and understanding come from? (Deut. 4:5-8) How does this add to the understanding of verse 13?

Examine your heart before the Lord Jesus against verse 14. Where do you stand? How does the world view envy and selfish ambition? (15) what is the truth behind these? (16)

How can we know if words are wisdom from God? (17)

What is promised to peacemakers? How does Matthew 5:9 add to the truth about peacemakers?

Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it. James 4:17

Study Questions for James 4

Submit Yourselves to God (4:1-12)

Is it possible for believers to have disagreements? (Acts 15:39-40) What’s the source?

What are some common ways that people obtain material possessions? (2) What should be the first thing we do when we want something? What is one reason God will say, “No” to our request? (3) Why is this best for us? (4)

What does God desire from us? (5; Luke 20:25)

What is grace and why is this greater than all the riches in the world? (6)

When we are tempted by material possessions what should we do? (7) How is resisting the devil only part of the solution? (8)

How is the reverse logic in verses 9 and 10 true?

What does verse 11 mean? Why can judging others be wrong? (12; Rom. 2:1-4)

Boasting About Tomorrow (4:13-17)

How do most go about looking into the future? (13) What is one reality that most ignore? (14)

Since physical life is so fragile, what should we consider about the future? What can be learned from verse 16 about humility?

What can be learned about Bible study from verse 17?

We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy. James 5:11

Study Questions for James 5

Hoarding Wealth in the Last Days (5:1-6)

Why are the rich warned? What happens to our wealth, sometimes even before we die? (2-3a) When is the last days? (3b)

What should an employer always keep in mind? (4) What does a mind only concerned about this world consider? (5) What’s the reality that they do not consider? How does this reveal their heart?

Until the Lord’s Coming (5:7-12)

How are true believers like farmers? When will we reap a harvest?

How are patience and faith linked? (8)

What else should we consider when considering the Lord’s soon coming? (9)

Who is an example of patience and how was we a prophet? When having patient faith is hard what should we remember? (11b)

Why do people swear oaths and how is that wrong and foolish? (12)

If One of You (5:13-20)

How should emotions be directed towards God? (13)

What is the healthy attitude toward physical problems? (14) what is the meaning behind anointing with oil? (2 Cor. 1:21-22; 1 John 2:27) Why would going to the elders and asking for anointing take faith and why does this please God? (15) 10. When we seek God why is confession of sins so important? (16) When did the incident with Elijah in verses 17-18 take place and how is it an inspiration? (1 Kings 18:16-46)

What does it mean to “wander from the truth”? When we see and/or hear of a fellow believer who has wondered how should we react? why? (20) What does “cover over a multitude of sins” considering that this is referring to a fellow believer?


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