Bible Study: Thy Will Be Done

 

Bible Study Questions – James 4:11-17

James speaks critically about those who speak evil against or judge another brother, what is the difference between slander and constructive criticism? Proverbs 27:5-6; Ephesians 4:29

Here James is talking to Christians. What are some examples of how we wrongly judge other Christians?

Have you ever judged God? Why do we do this sometimes?

What do the following say about the Judge and the judgment: John 12:47-48; Hebrews 12:23, 13:4; Acts 10:38-42, 7:30-31; 2Timothy 4:1-8; Romans 2:14-16; 1 Peter 4:1-4; James 2:13, 5:9

From the following, in what context if any is it right to make judgments about others and how should it be done? Matthew 7:1-5; 1 Corinthians 5:9-6:3

Slander closely relates to gossip. What should you do if a Christian starts slandering another Christian in your presence? A non-Christian?

In verse 13 it sounds as if James is critical of planning ahead. Is this true? What is he saying? Proverbs 20:18; Isaiah 32:8

The businessman makes a great plan in verse 13 but what is missing? What motivated him?

From James 4:14 &16-17, what does James say is wrong with this type of attitude?

From 4:15, what is the proper attitude for a believer to have towards the future and why?

Are there examples of planners in Bible? Genesis 24, 41; 1 Kings 5-7; Nehemiah 1-6; Acts 13-28

As you plan for the future, what kinds of wrong things motivate you? What are some of the things that should motivate you as you plan for the future?

From James 4:14 &16-17, what does James say is wrong with this type of attitude?

From 4:15, what is the proper attitude for a believer to have towards the future and why?

Is he merely talking about what we say about our future, or does the issue go deeper than that?

Is it enough if I say verse 13 and then add on a “if the Lord wills”? Are those four words the point? Then what is the point? What is the right decision/planning process (seek God’s first not after).

What is the point of the comparison with a mist in verse 14?

Is there ever a worthy reason to boast about yourself? Why or why not?

What kind of sin is James talking about in verse 17?

What is the main message of this section of Scripture and what did you need to hear the most?

Note:  Bible Study materials are gathered from various resources (i.e. Bible.org)

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