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As a brother of Jesus, James probably had quite a few discussions -and maybe even fights- with Jesus about the right way of doing it God’s way. What Pastor Dustin displayed in his sermon looking at an exemplary father figure, James saw every day in his brother Jesus.
Three words stand out when we look at today’s text (James 4:7-10): Submit. Resist. Abide. Three words that will lead us into our discussions today:
It is interesting that James mentions this first. When temptations come. When quarrels start. When life gets tough. Where do you do first? Do you run to God? Share with your peers what the appropriate, ideal action plan would be when things get tough? How do you actually run to God? How do you submit to God?
Now, out of this submission to God James calls us to resist the devil, resist temptation and not fall prey to your own sinful desires. Another NT writer has the same idea: 1 Peter 5:6-10. Underline all the action words in the James and Peter text. Which words repeat? Do you see the pattern? Which words help us make resisting the devil practical?
Abide, remain, behold – these are old words that basically say the same thing: Stay connected with God! But how do you stay connected with God? In your group, share the strategies everyone uses to abide in God. After sharing, make your own action plan for staying connected with God:
Now – What change of heart/mind needs to happen to get re-connected with God?
Daily – What daily routine do you have in place for connecting with God?
Weekly – What are weekly checkpoints help you to stay on course?
Through the Bible in one Year
Join us in reading through the entire Bible in one year. Each day of this plan guides you through passages from both the Old and New Testaments, allowing you to see connections between the history of our faith, and the fulfillment of God’s redemptive plan. Readings average four chapters in length, so it is posible to do. When you use the YouVersion Bible App, you can even have the app read the Bible text to you – very useful when you are in the car or otherwise occupied with your hand.
All you need to do is click the link to the Bible Plan, which should lead you straight to the Bible app. Your two options are now (1) to read the plan on your own, one day at the time. Or (2) you can make it more fun and rewarding, by sharing the plan with one or more friends, and then even “Talk about it”.