A Different Kind of Faith
We’re kicking off a new series as we journey through James together and what we can learn about having a faith that is active and living, as well as living a counter-cultural life from that place of relationship.
What is God saying to you? What are you going to do about it?
Pray a prayer of thanksgiving for your group, for its members and for the way God has lead everyone to that place, for the relationships He’s developing and ask Him to fill the space as you spend time together.
1. Read through James 1:22-27 and James 2:14-26. What jumps out at you from the passage and the talk, in particular in the aspect of integrity?
2. Walking with and from a place of faith is aspect James is trying to highlight here. How different does it look to live in the knowledge that God is already on our side, and not that we’re striving to impress Him or gain His favour?
3. For our faith to be living, it must change the way we act, it must cause us to put to test the things we believe and ask ourselves “If this is true…how does that change me?”. In all aspects; careers, money, family, forgiveness, social action… How is it evident that we believe in a transforming power and a different way of life? When is it not so evident?
Start by listening to I Am No Victim by Kristene Dimarco which covers some of those truths we’ve been sharing about that a relationship with Jesus speaks over us. As you receive the truths, reflect on what effect they have on the way you live your life. After the song, pray as a group that we’d live lives that reflect what we believe out of a relationship of freedom and security, and that our lives would lead to transformation in lives of others around us.