Week 3: Wake up about spiritual disobedience

Ask them this:

What are some commonly broken rules?


What do rules usually represent? What is their purpose?


Say something like this:

The Bible is not a “rulebook,” and the law isn’t something that’s there to constantly remind us that we’re bad people. In fact, obedience is meant to give us freedom. Sometimes it’s difficult to have that perspective. Let’s take a look at how James approaches this topic.


Read this:

James 1:21-27


Ask them this:

What does James mean when he says, “humbly accept the word planted in you?”


Why is just listening to the Word and not doing what is says fooling yourself?


How does the law give freedom like James says?


“Religion” typically has a bad connotation to it. What is true “religion” according to James? What does it have to do with the rest of this passage?


In the middle of all of this, why do you think James addresses keeping a tight rein on the tongue?


Say something like this:

James is addressing the Jewish people in this letter, and his tone is implying that they should know better. So, James isn’t holding anything back when he addresses them. Let’s talk about how we can take James’ intense message and apply it to our lives.


Ask them this:

How do we live in the world while not being “polluted by the world?”


What is the best way for us to keep each other accountable?


How would you communicate this passage to a friend?


What are some practices that you can establish that can help with being obedient to God’s word?


What are some specific things that we are asked of in Scripture that we often ignore?


Challenge them with this:

Write down James 1:22 on a post-it or a scrap sheet of paper and put it somewhere that you see regularly. Let this serve as a reminder to you each day. Maybe you’re having a bad day at work or a frustrating day in a relationship. Don’t merely listen to the Word. Do what it says.


Supplemental Scripture:

2 Timothy 2:15

Bottom Line: Listen to the Word of God, and do what it says.