Episode 2: Journey Through James Pt. 2 (Podcast Notes)

In this episode of the Sisters In Christ podcast, we talk about our favorite school subjects, the sin of partiality, loving your neighbor as yourself, being hypocritical, and how faith without works is dead.

You can find this podcast on Anchor and Spotify.

We recommend you read the passage before you listen to the episode. You can find James chapter 2 HERE.

Here are some discussion questions for after you listen:

The first topic we address is partiality and how James considers it a sin. What do you think about partiality? Why do you think it’s considered a sin? Have you been judged by your outward appearance before? How did that make you feel and why?

Luella talks about Luke 6 (She says Luke 4, but the actual passage is in Luke 6!) and explains that we should love those who don’t really deserve it and hurt us. What do you think the hardest part of this is? How can you do this in your life? 

I then go on to talk about how we should love by God’s standard that is eternal and everlasting. Read through Luke 6:27-36 and consider what God’s standard means.

Preaching a great message but being hypocritical and not doing yourself is also sin. Everyone is most likely guilty of this at some point, even us on the podcast and the blog. We’ve all fallen short of the glory of God and we’re learning with you guys. Have you ever been hypocritical before? Who did we say should be the ultimate role-model? 

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

James 2:14-17

We should again be doers of the word and not just hearers only. I talk about the story of Abraham and Isaac and Abraham’s amazingfaith in following God whether there was a solution or not. How does this story make you feel? How can you start walking the walk as well as talking the talk? 

We hope you enjoyed this episode on the podcast! Tune in next time to hear Journey Through James Part 3!

Episode 1: Journey Through James Pt. 1 (Podcast Notes)

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In this episode, we talk about the first chapter of James. We specifically focus on the portions about trials, temptations, and acting on what you hear. These notes will include links to some of the Bible passages we addressed and some application questions.

You can read James chapter 1 HERE.

We address the point James makes in verse 4 that trials and hardships make us perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. How does that make you feel about trials? Have you gone through any hard ones? How was your relationship with God during that?

In verses 13-15, James says:

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.

James 1:13-15

Read about Jesus’ temptation HERE.

If you’ve heard the story about Jesus being tempted in Luke 4, you know that He was tempted by the devil. How then can James say, ‘God cannot be tempted with evil’? We clarify this by saying Jesus took the form of a man. He was both 100% man and 100% God at the same time! His taking on of human flesh made him open to temptation. Thankfully, Jesus overcame temptation and did not sin as we do often. 

What are some of your desires and sinful temptations you face regularly? How do you feel when you hear that Jesus went through something similar?

In verses 22-24 it says,

But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he is like.

James 1:22-24

What do you struggle to act on after you hear a message? Is there anyone in your life you could ask for accountability from?

What did you like most about this episode? Feel free to leave a comment below or contact Caroline through the Contact page on the blog. We hope you enjoyed and we’ll see you next time!