We are taking a break for the summer until futher notice.

Week 6 - Day 1

Read James 3:1-12.

1. What would you say is James’ main point in this section of his letter? Remember to look for repetition!

2. Today we will consider 3:1. What is James’ warning and how does it relate to the rest of the section?

3. What do these verses say about the place of teaching in the church?
a. Mt. 28:18-20
b. Acts 13:1-3
c. 1 Cor. 12:27-28
d. Eph. 4:11-12

4. What is the message in these verses for those who are gifted to teach?
a. Rom. 12:3-8
b. 1 Cor. 12:7
c. 1 Peter 4:10-11

5. What warning did Paul give those who wanted to teach in 1 Tim. 1:7? How does it relate to James’ warning?

Stronger Jeans (optional): Use your concordance or the NET Bible tools to find other New Testament references to teachers, teach, or teaching. Write down your insights and thoughts from these verses.

6. Sharing Question: How have you been influenced positively or negatively by a teacher—either in the church or even in a secular setting? What feelings did that person bring into your life with his or her words?

7. Responding to God: Spend time thanking God for the teachers who have influenced you most and pray specifically for them to be able to control their tongues in light of their influence over others. Write down your prayer.


Twisting His Arm said...

I have been blessed with an awesome pastor. He not only teaches with his heart but he also teaches with his mind. You can tell that he loves what he does and is constantly studying the Word in order to effectively teach us. I am also surrounded by friends and family who are excellent role models. I feel like I am always learning how to be closer to God by the people I surround myself with.

Sohl Gal said...

I didn't realize until high school that teachers were anyone who could influence my life. My friends, my parents, my instructors, my faith leaders, etc. When I became a teacher by trade I was very nearly overwhelmed with the immense responsibility it is. The verse (though I didn't know it then) that teachers are held to a higher standard pushed me far. I think it's important to remember that when I feel I can't, God always can; I just need to keep asking Him for His plan and guidance, and it will come to be.

learning every day said...

It is very easy for me to remember those who have made a positive influence in my life. One was a Sunday School teacher I had as a teenager. I always wished I could tell her what hope she gave me, by just teaching and loving her group of teenage students. To this day, I don't recall any exact words, (could have been my age), I just remember the love of God that was expressed through her. Also, so many others along the way, this is truly the Blessed Life !

Anonymous said...

Looking back, I can remember the really good teachers both in church and college who made an impact in my learning the Word and also in school.
It's a true blessing.