Growth Group Questions | Week of September 25, 2011

Here are this week’s Growth Group questions based on James 1:22-25. And remember, if you were not able to be in the service on Sunday, you can listen to the sermon at the Immanuel Bible Church website.

Striving with you to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).

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  • What is the exhortation James gives in v. 22? What is he trying to guard us against?
  • What does it mean to be self-deceived? Can you think of a time when you realized you had been deceived in a particular area of your life? How were you able to see clearly?
  • James sees two kinds of people: hearers only and Word-doers. What is the danger of being a “hearer only”?
  • According to the interpretation of this text on Sunday, what are both James and the Apostle Paul saying with respect to faith and works? (consider the example of Abraham and Rahab in James 2:20-25 alongside Romans 2:13 and Eph. 2:8-10).
  • What is the point of the comparison James uses in 1:23-24? What are some clever ways we neglect or set aside or disregard the Word of God in our life? How can we better “pay attention” to the Word we read and/or hear?
  • What is the great incentive James holds out for being a Word-doer in v. 25? How can we help one another toward greater love and good works with this approach in mind? What might this look like at Immanuel Bible Church?
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