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Everyday Faith: Growing an Everyday Faith Because Faith is Needed Every Day
Sermon-Based Discussion/Reflection Questions
April 25th, 2021

  • Everyday Faith: Growing an Everyday Faith Because Faith is Needed Every Day. In this 8-week study of the book of James as James, the brother of Jesus, teaches us to have an everyday faith that thrives in a world where faith is very much needed but not easy to build. Be here and lean in for Everyday Faith because faith is needed every day.
  • Everyday Faith: Everyday Otherness – In Week 3 of Everyday Faith, we looked at how James challenged us to think about how we think about others and how we serve those in need. A faith that doesn’t do others any good isn’t any good!
  • DISCUSSION/REFLECTION QUESTIONS:
  • Who is someone you know who cares for others well, especially caring for those in need? What stands out about them?
  • READ James 1:26, 27; James 2:1-9, 15-16, 22; 3:17
  • James 1:27 not only instructs us to “look after orphans and widows in their distress”, but also instructs us to “to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” We live in a very divided time due to politics and many differences in thought, opinion and belief. How does a climate of polarization and politicization hinder our ability to navigate areas of differences to get to the greater good of caring for people who are in need, overlooked, hurting, alone, forgotten and in distress?
  • Doug said that “A faith that doesn’t do others any good isn’t any good.” James teaches us that how we do good for others matters and it is a matter of faith. Why do you think we often don’t do the good to others that God would want us to do? What keeps us from acting?
  • A core value for Live Oak is that “People matter to God. All people. Always.” Doug said that prejudice is simply prejudging someone based on their appearance, background, or a label we attach to them. James calls partiality a sin and it is a sin that hides in the dark corners of our hearts. Why do you think we have a pattern of prejudice and partiality in our lives and throughout history? Why do you think we often devalue people?
  • The bottom line for James is that our faith should do good to those in need. We need to ACCEPT and ASSIST others. What is one area where you need to learn more to ACCEPT and ASSIST others in distress? Where do you need to do some listening and learning?
  • What is one thing you will DO this week to ACCEPT and ASSIST others in distress?
  • Jesus tells us this in John 13:34-35: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” What do you think that means?
  • Doug referred to a question Andy Stanley challenges us to always ask ourselves: “What does love require of me?” What do you think God is telling you about what love requires of you this week to take steps to ACCEPT and ASSIST others?
  • NEXT STEPS:
  • Everyone has a next step to apply what we have learned. What is your next step?
  • MEMORY VERSE:
  • *Challenge your group to commit this verse to memory: James 1:27Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
  • What does it look like for you to live out this verse this week?
  • PRAYER: Spend some time praying for each other’s next steps. Pray for people in our world who are hurting, overlooked, forgotten, and in distress. Pray that God would send people into their lives with the love of Jesus. Pray for our divided nation and that God would raise up many to ACCEPT and ASSIST others. Pray that followers of Jesus would be known for their love.
  • Scripture References: James 1:26, 27, Genesis 1:27; Psalm 139:13,16; Jeremiah 1:5; Isaiah 44:24; Galatians 1:15; Job 33:4; Acts 17:25; Luke 1:41; Ephesians 2:10; Psalm 68:6; James 2:1-9, 15-16, 22; 3:17; John 13:34-35