Tonight we had some new folks and an excellent discussion! Our church family has set aside Monday Evenings at 6:00 for Adult Bible Study. This is a 5-week Inductive study where we look at the whole to see where God’s direction comes from. This group is bathed in prayer too.
In Monday School, It is as important to know HOW to study as it is to know the information. We are not seeking simple intellectual knowledge but God’s wisdom. To do this we will hone three skills: Observation-spiritual reading, Interpretation-spiritual seeking, and Application-putting truth into practice. No one is an expert. We are all finding our way.
One thing I ask! Don’t consult any commentaries until we are done. One goal is to build confidence in our abilities to apply scripture
This week, after prayer, we focused on the key word, “Faith”. We discussed the definition of the word and underlined each use of the word as the text was read aloud.
Faith is ultimately relying on God and puts life in perspective-it is not about us!
The poor were used as a positive witness of faith. Why? They appreciate what they have, have a perspective on what “things” matter, and they relied on God because that is all they had to rely on.
The rich were a negative witness on faith. There must have been a problem within those first readers on the issue of favoritism and injustice to the poor or these would not be so prominent in James. The rich were in a position to judge and were harsh to the poor, They trusted in their own wisdom, relied on their own resources
We shared stories about the struggle with everyday issues surrounding helping others-cat food, pan handlers and motel rooms to name a few.
We discussed when we feel alive and how that relates to our faith more than our circumstances. We discussed at length the death that we feel when we don’t use our faith and just talk about it. Prayer and study are doing something about faith formation to be sure BUT nothing compares with works done in the name of Jesus for someone else.
Everyone is encourages to leave a comment, especially group members. All are welcome next Monday at CMUMC at 6:00.