Sermon Discussion Time
- What did you want to be when you grew up?
- Was there someone who inspired you and you wanted to be like them? What about them inspired you?
- In the sermon this week Kirk discussed the difference between knowing and believing. How would you describe the difference between the two?
Read James 1:1
- James describes himself a slave of Jesus. By introducing himself this way he is emphasizing something about how he sees himself and what he thinks is important. If you introduced yourself by what was most important to you what would you say?
- As we examined the changes that James went through, from thinking of Jesus as his brother to recognizing him as the resurrected Christ, we see that who he became was built on what he believed about Jesus. How does what we know about Jesus impact our thoughts and actions through the week or does it just impact us for an hour on Sunday morning?
- 1 Corinthians 15:7 shows us that James had an encounter with the resurrected Christ. This required a radical response from him and changed the direction of his life. As we encounter this same resurrected Jesus, it requires a radical response from us as well. If we know that who we are becoming is built on our belief that Jesus rose from the dead, we need to let this risen Jesus impact everything we do. Going forward into this week, how can our response impact our work situation, our family life, our schooling, and our relationships?
Going Deeper – The Last 10%
- What would it take for you to consider yourself a slave of Christ Jesus? What would you have to change?
Take some time to discuss and pray with each other that the knowledge of who Jesus is would change us, not just our thoughts but our actions.