GodSpeak Readings: Week 99/August 1-6

August 1-6
Hebrews 13-James 5

GodSpeak readings for each day are listed below. Click the link to read the section and/or listen online. A discussion question is listed below for you to use in your GodSpeak group session or for discussion with others who are reading along.

Monday, August 1     Hebrews 13     Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
1. Religious systems, orders of worship, and earthly shrines will not last. They are limited to customs, cultures, and locations. But they have a way of entrapping us. Hebrews 13:11-14 encourages us to look elsewhere for that which is unlimited and eternal. What do we look for? Where is it located? What may we have to endure if we dare to look beyond the present, limiting systems that people may develop?

Tuesday, August 2      James 1     Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
2. James’ statement in James 1:12 seems to indicate that blessing comes as a result of our ability to endure “trials.” Is perseverance or endurance itself a cause of blessing? What or who enables a Christian to persevere under trials? What relationship is there between perseverance and fruit of faith (Galatians 5:22-26)?

Wednesday, August 3      James 2     Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
3. James flatly states that faith that does not act is dead (James 2:17). Can faith and works ever be separated? Why or why not? What value are “works” without faith in Christ? What value is “faith” without its fruits, or the works of faith?

Thursday, August 4      James 3     Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
4. James 3:18 promises a “harvest of righteousness” to those who have the wisdom to “sow in peace.” What are some practical things you can do to grow in godly wisdom?

Friday, August 5      James 4     Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
5. Instead of arrogantly bragging and playing God in our lives (James 4:16), how ought Christians to plan and live (4:15)?

Saturday, August 6      James 5      Read & Listen Online (Click “Audio” link to listen)
6. James says “the Lord’s coming is near” (James 5:8) and “the Judge is standing at the door” (5:9). Since Christ has not yet come, was James mistaken in his statements? Explain.

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