Bible Proficiency Project
Week 29, 7/20 - 7/26, 2020

I.     Monday —Galatians 5-6

1.     In verse 4 what does Paul warn about the attempt to be justified by law?  

2.    By liberty does Paul mean we longer have to worry about doing the right thing (v. 13)?

3.    What then serves as the Christian’s guide to how one is to live (v. 16)?

4.    What does it mean to live in the Spirit (v. 25)?

5.    What should we do when we see another member of the church entangled with sin (6:1)?

6.    How is the one who is taught to share with the teacher (6:6)?

7.    Sum up Paul’s meaning in verses 7-10?

II.    Tuesday — James 1

1.     Who is this James and who is he writing to?

2.    What is the primary subject that he addresses in this letter?

3.    What are the areas he discusses regarding appropriate responses to trials?

4.    What is the opposite of faith and what is its consequence?

5.    How do we reconcile God’s sovereignty and temptation?

6.    Describe the important roles the Word plays in our lives?

7.    What instruction are we given concerning our tongue?

III.   Wednesday — James 2

1.     What does James mean by showing partiality?

2.    Does this mean we must always treat all classes of people the same?

3.    In what way did James teach that a man is justified by works (v. 21, 24)?

IV.   Thursday – James 3

1.     What is James referring to when he says does not stumble in word iv v. 2?  

2.    What does James say about the controlling of the tongue?

3.    How does James contrast wisdom from above and below?

V.   Sunday — James 4-5

1.     In chapter 3 James stated that where envy and self-seeking prevail it produces confusion and evil. How

       does that serve as the foundation for his question of where wars and fights come from?  

2.    What is the solution?  

3.    Why is the Christian not to judge his brother and what kind of judging is he talking about?

4.    Why does James say we should be careful about saying what we are going to do in the future in vv. 13-16?

5.    Why should the rich howl in 5:1-6?

6.    Why are we to patiently endure?

7.    What should you do when you are sick and why?

8.    Why is it important to encourage church members who wander from the truth to do the right thing?

Answers

 

I.     Monday —Galatians 5-6

1.     He is continuing to demonstrate that salvation is not based on our keeping of the law. In v. 1 he said that

       we must be jealous of the liberty we have from the yoke of law-keeping as the basis of our salvation and

       relationship to God.

2.    Paul distinguishes between seeking salvation through the law and serving each other in love by embracing

       law as the right thing to pursue knowing our dependence upon the grace of God (v. 4).

3.    God sends the Spirit into the believer that through the power of the Spirit first and foremost we are brought

       into relationship with God and then secondly we are led by the Spirit to live in a way pleasing to God (v.

       22-23) and flee all sin (v. 19-21).

4.    Paul is attempting to make a clear contrast between living in the flesh (v. 19) and the Spirit (v.25) by the

       nature of the things we engage in. We are not saved by our works, however, we will be known by the fruit

       of our life. New life / Spirit-led life is marked by the pursuit of those things that honor God and deny the

       works of the flesh.

5.    There are two parts to this answer. The first is that we are to have compassion toward others and seek

       their good (restoration). The second part has to do with self-examination so that before we seek to bear

       another's burdens we must first take responsibility for our own burdens (v.5) by being humble (v. 3) and

       loving (law of Christ v. 2).

6.    While the primary understanding here is material provision for the support of the pastor, I believe Paul may

       envision even more in the sense of even as the pastor shares his life with the congregation so the

       members should also share their lives with the pastor.

7.    Those who were pushing circumcision were doing so to promote themselves (v. 13) but that is because

       their focus is on the praise of men. Paul instructs us to keep our eye on pleasing God (He is not5 mocked)

       by seeking to nurture a Spirit-led life (v. 8). The way we do that is by doing good to all and especially those

       of the household of faith.

II.    Tuesday — James 1

1.     The common understanding is that this James is the Lord’s brother and pastor of the church in Jerusalem.

       Perhaps the best understanding of when he writes this letter is before the time of the Jerusalem council

       and the controversy over circumcision. James writes to those Jewish Christians from the twelve tribes who

       have been scattered abroad. Thus, as the pastor of the Jerusalem church, he writes to the Jewish

       Christians.

2.    He deals with the subject of facing and enduring trials.

3.    Wisdom (v. 5), faith (6-8), and endurance (12).

4.    The opposite of faith is doubt which makes one unstable in that they don’t trust God to come through.

       Thus, they seek to do things in their own wisdom and power resulting in God not bringing the blessing.

5.    James declares that God does not tempt us (that is to make us sin), but our own weaknesses and

       propensity to sin play upon the test and when we don’t resist evil we will fall (v. 14-15).

6.    We are brought forth by the Word (v. 18), we are to allow the Word to be implanted into us (v. 21), and we

       are called to be doers of the Word (v. 22).

7.    In v. 19 we are told not to be quick to speak so that we might focus on hearing especially the Word that can

       save our souls (v.21). But he ends the chapter (v. 26) stating that reckless speech is not a mark of pure and

       undefiled religion. He will return to the tongue in ch. 3.

III.   Wednesday — James 2

1.     It is to view one as superior or inferior based on some form of status: economic, appearance, race, or any

       quality you might set up as a standard and then treat them differently (v. 3) because of the partiality.

2.    James is addressing the church about people in the church. He hints at this in v. 5 but he will go on to

       make a distinction between those who profess faith in contrast to those who demonstrate faith by their

       works. In every case, though the Christian must seek to love their neighbor and interact with them based

       on mercy.

3.    At no point does James detach the fruit of faith, which is works, from faith. The scriptures are clear that

       Abraham’s faith was the basis for his being saved, but James uses the concept of justification in the arena

       of judging faith to be true and not as the ground for one’s salvation. The verses 14-26 is his insistence that

       faith never stands alone but will always be tested to be true by the fruit of faith evidenced through works.

IV.  Thursday – James 3

1.     The ability to control what one says.

2.    He describes it as the one thing that controls our actions or circumstances. He notes it is relatively small (v.

       5) but sets the course for the whole body (3-4). However, he also says that it seems impossible to avoid

       saying the wrong thing all of the time (v. 8).

3.    The wisdom that is not from heaven is not wise. It is earthly, sensual, and demonic (v. 15). It is marked by a

       self-seeking heart filled with bitter envy. The wisdom that flows from heaven is the opposite and rather

       than being self-seeking that leads to chaos, it seeks peace through a gentle spirit.

V.   Sunday — James 4-5

1.     He builds on this subject addressing that all of the evil in this world flows from hearts that are filled with

       pride and greed.

2.    In verse 7 James said there are two things you must do which are one thing. He said to submit to God and

       resist the devil. This is a description of conversion when one gives them self to God and is no longer in

       bondage to Satan.

3.    James speaks to the judging before God (v. 12) and since we are not God we are not to judge one into or

       out of hell or heaven. He sets this up by saying we are to be doers of the law in the previous sense of the

       letter and not put ourselves over the law as though we were judges.

4.    He just finished saying we should not make ourselves the judges of the law because only God is the judge.

       Now he says we should not boast about what we are going to do but acknowledge only God is sovereign

       over future events. And so while we may plan we should be careful to add if God allows it.

5.    They have piled riches at the expense of the poor and all will be lost.

6.    Because the Lord will return in His time with a full blessing.

7.    You are to call the elders so they can come and pray for you that the Lord may heal you and your sins be

       forgiven (6:14-15).

8.    James said that if they respond to your encouragement you will save their soul from death.