James – Solving Practical Problems – The Power of Prayer

Questions from the message:

  1. What are we acknowledging about God when we pray?
  2. Is the key then – in how we pray – to allow and acknowledge that God is the ultimate decision-maker and not us?
  3. When we pray ‘God-willing’, are we genuinely content to accept that the answer to that prayer is then firmly placed in His hands?
  4. What can prayer accomplish? Can you recall times in your life that your prayers have been answered?In your haste to ‘do’, do you at times, forget to seek the voice of God in whatever it is you’re preparing to undertake?
  5. Prayer accomplishes many things – How is your prayer life keeping your relationship with Jesus Christ intimate, healthy, open and honest?

James – Solving Practical Problems – Say What You Mean – Mean What You Say!

Questions from the Message:

  1. How is ‘speaking’ in good faith but being unable to follow through unhelpful as representatives of Jesus?
  2. Can you recall times in your life when you have said things you haven’t meant or made promises you haven’t kept? How did you feel? What about times when others have made promises to you?
  3. Nobody gets it right all the time, but how can I change the way I speak so that I can develop a reputation of being a person of my word?
  4. Is revisiting Jesus’ words in Matthew 5:37 – ““Just a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t’ – something you need to consider applying in your life?

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?