Youth Bible Studies
the New Testament Book of James
Studies in the
I Timothy 4:12
let anyone look down on you
because you are
but set an example
for the believers
speech, in life,
talks were given at the first Challenge camp run by the Anglican Youth
Dept. in Sydney Australia.( I think 1990?) Each group received a talk
the topic and then broke up into small groups. The following were the
used by the Junior High Group. That is for people 12 to 14 years old.
Workout in James
Life. (Example Living)
Love. (Love for God and others)
Faith. (Putting it into practice)
Purity. (Being God's person everywhere I go)
says about speech
brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow
speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about
righteous life that God desires."
himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he
deceives himself and his religion is worthless."
2:9 "But if
favouritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers"
act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom,
because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been
merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!"
of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know
we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways.
If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able
to keep his whole body in check. When we put bits into the mouths of
to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an
example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds,
are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.
the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts.
what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is
a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the
person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on
fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of
sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the
tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue
praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been
in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My
this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the
spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear
Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. Who is wise and
among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the
that comes from wisdom."
do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or
him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you
not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one
and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you - who are
to judge your neighbour?"
against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is
at the door!"
my brothers, do not swear - not by heaven or by earth or by anything
Let your "Yes" be yes, and your "No," no, or you will be condemned."
1. Use tongue
to look at other people tongues.
2. Have two
on one things that hurt - Death words, on the other comments that
- life words.
What things do I
that can hurt other people.
says about life and death
in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. But
one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will
pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and
withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In
same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has
the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to
who love him. When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me."
God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one
tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.
after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is
full-grown, gives birth to death."
fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that
within you? You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet,
you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have,
because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because
ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your
You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is
hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world
an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the
spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? But he gives us more
That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to
humble." Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will
flee from you."
then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for
land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn
spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's
is near. Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering,
take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we
blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance
and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of
compassion and mercy."
arms to show the following in the four quarters.
your Christian life like a year ago.
Christian life is like now.
would like your Christian life to be like.
aim of your life is.
write your life motto.
What does God
children to be like?
says about love?
man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he
will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love
dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the
world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those
who love him?" But you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who
exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court?
Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom
you belong? If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love
your neighbour as yourself," you are doing right. But if you show
you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. For whoever keeps
the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking
all of it. For he who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do
murder." If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have
Rewrite in groups
dolly' style letter that you think one of the passages above would
the back of each of the people in your group and people are to write
they like about that person. Then people look at what is written.
assigned someone that in the next 24 hours that have to do an act of
day each person has to guess who the person is, then share who it was.
God's love is
Jesus and we are to express that practically to those around us.
says about faith.
brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the
to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who
is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can
such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and
daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm
and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is
it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by
is dead. But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me
your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.
believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that - and
shudder. You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds
man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not
our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he
his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were
working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And
scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was
to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend. You see that
a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.
of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just
us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on
the land for three and remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the
of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins."
lead them around the site, then share how it felt. Discuss how
uses the Bible to lead us etc.
to act out a drama that expresses faith.
What does James
us about being pure from the following verses.
pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because
you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not
anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives
to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he
asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a
of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he
will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double minded man,
in all he does. The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride
in his high position."
no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by
nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil
he is dragged away
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when
it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don't be deceived, my dear
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father
of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He
to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of
first fruits of all he created. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth
the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in
which can save you."
God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after
and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by
3:17 "But the
that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace loving,
submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 3:18
who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness."
then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to
God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and
your hearts, you double minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your
to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord,
he will lift you up."
People are to go
and try to make themselves as dirty as possible then come back in
outside and see who is dirtiest, then discuss how does it feel to be
Clean off then
to discuss the difference.
to write a song or poem about being a dirty and clean Christian.
One person tries
a person up from standing on a chair whilst the other tries to pull
Then discuss what
pull you down in your Christian life.
we get be holy and how can we stop sin.
expressed in a pure life style.
: Get the
to make two lists what God wants and what He hates.