Jim Class: Feel The Burn
January 31, 2018
Mike White, Director of Next Generations
God transforms our lives through connection with each other as we gather around God’s word. In this Jim Class we remember how words coming out our mouths reflect what’s in our heart. Since Christ fills us with the power of his love, this helps us watch what we say! The leader shares a personal story illustrating James 1:26.
- What is something that you said in the last week that should or could have been left unsaid?
- Read James 3:1-6
- What does each metaphor in these verses uniquely teach us about our words?
- Can you recall a work or school or family situation that was devastated by how words were used? Who wants to share?
- Read James 3:7-10
- Think of specific examples from your life. How have your words blessed God?
- Think of specific examples from your life. How have your words hurt others (even if they weren’t there to hear them)?
- Read Colossians 4:6…then verses 2-5
- What insight do you get from these verses that will help you “let your conversation be always full of grace?”
- What is the biggest challenge you face in “taming the tongue” or “setting things on fire” by what you say?
- What are ways you could use words to bless that person or situation you just mentioned?
As you take prayer requests and pray for one another, also remember to give thanks and pray blessings over other individuals in your group.
Note to Leaders: Every small group is different, so we are providing a summary study with additional discussion questions in the Going Deeper section. Please choose the questions that relate best to your particular group.
- What challenged your thinking during the worship service this week?
- Share a time when someone’s words – positive or negative – changed the way that you thought or behaved.
- What is your most favorite quote and why?
Read Genesis 1
- Observe the role that God’s words have in the creation narrative.
- What do we learn about the character of God from the result of God’s words?
Read Genesis 3:1-14
- Describe the impact of the serpent’s words – both the immediate results and beyond.
- How is this different form the impact of God’s words in Genesis 1?
- Think about someone with whom you have great difficulty speaking positive or kind words to. Consider these three questions:
- Where do you stand?
- What is in you that makes it hard to speak blessing to this person? Where is God in that?
- What do you see?
- When you look at this person, what do you see? How does recalling that this person is made in God’s image impact your perception?
- What can you say?
- How can your words be different?
Learning Opportunity – Read the Book of James in the Bible.
Serving Opportunity – Is there something individually or as a group you can think of that would serve people for the sake of the love we have in Christ?
Personal Spiritual Practice Idea/Experiment – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Only through an inner spiritual transformation do we gain the strength to fight vigorously the evils of the world in a humble and loving spirit.” This week, prayerfully consider the “why” that underlies the negative, critical or angry words that you speak. Where do you need the Holy Spirit to keep working to transform you?