|February 2014 Sunday School Topics
|Superintendent: Assistant Pastor Jerald L. Bryant
Sunday Morning: 10:30 - 11:30 am
|Christlike Ministries of Deliverance International, Inc.
Sunday School Department
|Please click on the scripture text to access BibleGateway.com - an online Bible to read the
passage in multiple versions of the Bible.
|Introduction: The basis for the challenges about to be studied is to be found in the verse preceding our lesson text (Jas.
1:18). It reminds readers of the grade of God in salvation and the importance of the Scriptures, referred to as “the
word of truth”. Being saved makes a person one of the firstfruits of God’s creatures, implying a new life and a new
You may want to ask the class what implications the term “firstfruits” has in this situation. One could certainly
think in terms of the beginning of a harvest (cf. Lev. 23:10; John 4:35).
Facts: to understand some of the graces that need to be evident in a child of God.
Principle: to see that being a real Christian requires more than mere profession.
Application: to demonstrate that one truly knows the Lord by living a changed life devoted to Christ.
1. Being a good listener is the work of a wise person (Jas. 1:19).
2. Only God is capable of truly fair judgments (vs. 20).
3. Let the Word of God reform your attitude and demeanor (vs. 21).
4. Hearing God’s Word but not acting on it is harmful to our spiritual wellbeing (vs. 22).
5. Blemishes on our spiritual lives often stand out to those around us like an unkempt physical appearance (vss. 23-24).
6. A hearer and doer of God’s Word finds fulfillment in ministering to those in need while keeping his life pure before
God (vss. 25-27).
|February 2, 2014 - Hear and Do the Word - James 1:19-27
Golden Text: “Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22).
|Introduction: Ask the class what thoughts go through their minds when they see a person begging on the street and
how they view a person who is unkempt in appearance. Does where they see such a person make a difference? Probe
their thoughts about how they make value judgments when it comes to others. Ask whether showing favoritism is sin.
Facts: to show that a practice common to many is inappropriate in the life of one who has received mercy and
acceptance from God.
Principle: to see that people will be judged as they have judged others.
Application: to recognize the sin of prejudicial treatment and repent of it.
1. Preferring the rich over the poor is a worldly and sinful attitude (Jas. 2:1-4).
2. A man’s true wealth lies in the amount of faith he has (vs. 5).
3. The rich have a tendency to rely on themselves, making it much more difficult to honor God (vss. 6-7).
4. We are not to show love based on a person’s merit but only because God first loved us (vss. 8-9).
5. If we are guilty of any sin, we are guilty of breaking the whole law (vss. 10-11).
6. The Lord repays our mercy with His mercy, but our judgment earns His judgment (vss. 12-13).
|February 9, 2014 - Avoid Showing Favoritism - James 2:1-13
Golden Text: "If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do well”
|Introduction: A cult is a religious sect that deviates from biblical teaching in some manner. It might be that Christ is
not regarded as divine, that His death is not considered sufficient to redeem sinners, or that the sect follows its own
authoritative books in addition to the Bible – it the Bible is used at all. One feature that is present in most, if not all,
cults is the need for good works in order to be saved. This in spite of the Protestant Reformation and its aftermath.
The Reformers developed a succinct six-word, three-phrase creed reflecting the biblical teaching on authority and
salvation: only faith, only grace, only Scripture. Their intent was not to say good works do not matter but that works
do not contribute to being saved. In this week’s lesson James attempts to make it clear that works are a sign of, not a
path to, salvation.
Facts: to understand the necessity of good deeds in the life of all who claim to believe in Christ.
Principle: to demonstrate that saving faith gives birth to works.
Application: to challenge every professing believer to examine his life for evidence of salvation.
1. True faith in the Lord will have evidence that it is genuine faith (Jas. 2:14-17).
2. Faith without works is just knowledge; we are to believe, or trust, in a way that works (vss. 18-20).
3. Abraham demonstrated that he had faith when he offered his son Isaac on the altar (vss. 21-22).
4. God called faithful Abraham His friend (vss. 23-24).
5. Rahab had such faith in the Lord that she risked her life (vs. 25).
6. As a person’s spirit gives life to his body, his works show his living faith (vs. 26).
|February 16, 2014 - Show Your Faith by Your Works - James 2:14-26
Golden Text: “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26).
|Introduction: Have someone read the text aloud. Then ask how many want to skip the lesson and go for coffee and
doughnuts. Most likely, a lot of hands will be raised – possibly even the teacher’s. This demonstrates that the misuse of
the tongue is everybody’s sore spot; it is always an unpleasant topic, to the chagrin of many.
Facts: to show the importance of controlling one’s speech.
Principle: to demonstrate that a tiny part of the body has power far beyond its size, both for good and evil.
Application: to have believers see that one should not only think before speaking but pray about it as well.
1. Our words show our true character (Jas. 3:1-2).
2. Small things can often be used to exert control over people in unimaginable ways (vss. 3-4).
3. The tongue, although small, has incredible power to defile a person’s body, his reputation, and his future (vss. 5-6).
4. The damage done by idle words can be long-lasting and far-reaching (vss. 7-8).
5. A person’s tongue can do wither good or evil; put yours to work for God (vss. 9-10).
6. Resolve that in the Holy Spirit’s power, you will speak words that build people up, not tear them down (vss. 11-12).
|February 23, 2014 - Control Your Speech - James 3:1-12
Golden Text: “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren these things ought not to be so” (James 3:10).