3: Be Doers of the Word (Jas 1:19-27)
In the opening of
the epistle, James encouraged believers to rejoice in various trials,
emphasizing God’s abundant grace and goodness. In this lesson, we will study the
importance of responding to God’s grace by doing the word of God.
“But be doers of the word, and
not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (1:22).
Did You Know…?
Observe (1:23,24): This word is used to describe the attentive scrutiny
of an object. James uses this strong word to illustrate the irony that anyone
who hears the word but does not do it is like a man who studies his appearance
carefully in a mirror and immediately forgets what he looks like when he walks
1. How does verse
18 serve as an introduction to this lesson?
2. Record what
this passage teaches about the believer and the word of God.
Based on this paragraph, what is
the right way to receive the word of God? Explain your answer.
Why does being a swift listener
and a slow talker help us control our anger?
What reason does James give for
being slow to wrath? What does it mean?
What do we need to do in order
to receive the implanted word?
Why would we be deceiving
ourselves if we are hearers of the word only?
If we only hear the word but do
not do it, how are we like the man who forgets his appearance?
James uses the word “observe”
to liken a person who is only a hearer to a man who scrutinizes his appearance
in a mirror but immediately forgets what he looks like. So even an attentive
and serious hearer immediately forgets the word if he does not do it. Why is
doing God’s word the best way to remember the word?
Are you a hearer only, or also
a doer? Why do many people enjoy being hearers but do not like to be doers?
Why is God’s word “the perfect
law of liberty”?
What does verse 25 teach us to
What promise can be found here?
Think of some teachings in the
Bible that you have heard many times but have not yet put into practice. Then
make an effort to carry them out today.
What is the difference between
false religion and true religion?
How does someone who practices
false religion deceive himself? (26)
Based on this paragraph, what
are three specific areas where we can practice true religion?
What does it mean to keep
ourselves “unspotted from the world”?