James – Solving Practical Problems (Guest Speaker – Rev Jonathan Stark)

Questions from the Message:

  1. Are there areas in my life where my actions say to God that I know better? What do you sense they might be?
  2. James puts under the spotlight our words (slander), our ways (self-confidence) and our wealth (hoarding & greed) and he challenges us to live differently with God taking his rightful place in our lives. Which warning do you feel God challenging you most about today. Given our lives are a mist, what steps do you need to take to make the most of the mist that is your life?

James – Solving Practical Problems – Get Close to God – Be Humble!

Questions from the message:

  1. How are you intentionally seeking to change your attitude towards sin; towards others; and towards God’s law in regards to how you might be judging others?
  2. Do you need to reconsider where your ‘loyalty’ lies? “Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.” (James 4:8)
  3. How much ‘resisting’ are you doing when the urge comes to stray from the path God has set before you? What does that look like?
  4. How are you practicing genuine humility in your life?

James – Solving Practical Problems – It’s About God – Not Me!

Questions from today’s message:

  1. Does your prayer life (or lack thereof) reveal the focus of your heart?
  2. When You pray, are you intentionally of unselfishly seeking God’s will?
  3. Both sin (Hebrews 11:25) and God promise pleasure (Psalm 16:11). Should we seek pleasure or seek God? Is there a difference?
  4. Is all conflict wrong? When, and how do we know when we are fighting for the right reasons, and not for sinful reasons?
  5. Who are you in conflict with?
  6. Where do you need to deny yourself to seek reconciliation?

James – Solving Practical Problems – Wisdom

Questions from the Message:

  1. The beautiful thought James puts forth is that humility, is the natural accompaniment of wisdom. Where there is no humility, there is no wisdom. How do you display wisdom in a humble way?
  2. Think about some of the wise people who have influenced your life? In what practical ways were they able to model wisdom to You?
  3. Gentle wisdom will always make allowances for others. Are you a ‘giver of gentle wisdom?’
  4. What kind of wisdom characterises your life? Is it a false wisdom that is selfish, ego-centred, and inconsiderate toward others? Or is it a wisdom existing in you because Jesus Christ, the essence of true wisdom, lives in you?

James – Solving Practical Problems – I Really Shouldn’t Have Said That?

Questions from today’s message:

  1. How do you like being spoken to?
  2. What impact are your words having in the lives of those around you?
  3. Will the effects of your words hurt someone or encourage them?
  4. When you speak, who might you be letting down? God? Others? Yourself?
  5. Do you need to seek forgiveness from someone for the way you’ve spoken to them in the past?

James: Solving Practical Problems – When Faith is Alive

Questions from the Message:

  1. Where are you professing, and ‘proving’, your faith?
  2. How are you evaluating a living faith in Jesus which surpasses word with deed, knowledge with relationship, and importance with obedience. Is your faith dead or alive?
  3. If you were to be put on trial today for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?

James – Solving Practical Problems – Don’t Play Favourites!

Questions from the message:

  1. In what ways can you show love to yourself? 
  2. Do you dismiss them as ‘trouble’ and ignore them or leave them to ‘someone else’ to look after, or do you intentionally make a decision to invest in that person and integrate them as part of the community or family? 
  3. Who are you showing favouritism to and as you think about that, who is it that are you ignoring? Who are you including and who are you excluding?
  4. Who is it that Jesus is calling you – today – to love as yourself? Who is it whom Jesus is calling you to include and not to exclude?

James: Solving Practical Problems – Listening is great but doing is even better

Questions from Today’s Message:

  1. Do you know Christians who struggle to control their tongue?  
  2. Are you at times like that? How can you be proactive in changing that?
  3. If you spread your ‘net’ or your ‘sphere of influence’ a little wider than widows and orphans, how are you practising this care to others? How are you ‘doing?’ 
  4. When you look in the mirror of your life and the way you live it, what and where are the areas that you need to take action in to move from hearing to doing?
  5. As you look into the ‘mirror’, what is Jesus reflecting back to you that might need to change in your life?

James – Solving Practical Problems – Stickability

Questions from the Message:

  1. There is an anonymous quote says: “Some people get angry because God put thorns on roses. Others rejoice because God put roses on thorns.” A lack of patience can breed an attitude of anger so: Who do you need to practice patience with – in your life? How can you do that?
  2. Are you being too hard on yourself? Is the secret to your personal stickability in being more patient with yourself?
  3. Do you need to get down on your knees and simply thank God for giving you such unique opportunities to develop and display patience to those around you in this time?
  4. Have you taken some time to discern – in prayer and with significant influencers in your life – God’s purposes for you in this time of your life?
  5. When have/do you yearned for the ‘greener grass’ of the other side?

Faith that overcomes

Questions from the message:

  1. What would it mean for you to build your faith in Him? Is it His heart?, His character, His wisdom, His capacity or is it His grace? What is it that you most need to build your trust in?  What would it take for you to grow your faith so that you might overcome?
  2. How could you build the faith of people around you so that they might overcome also?