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Questions about the Book of James

The book of James is the twentieth book of the New Testament. This epistle of James was written by James, the brother of the Lord. James was a man of great authority as head of the first Christian church at Jerusalem. He writes to the Christian Jews that are scattered throughout the Roman Empire and this Epistle is probably one of the earliest New Testament books. This Epistle can be divided into five parts: 1) The testing of faith. 2) The reality of faith tested by control of the tongue. 3) The rebuke of worldliness. 4) The rich warned. 5) The exhortations in view of the coming of the Lord. The author of this book is James. Listed below are questions on the book of James. These questions can be used freely for Sunday school or bible study to help all young Christians study the scriptures. My prayers are with you always and may God bless you in your studies.

James Chapter 1

1) Which “James” was the writer of this Epistle? (James 1:1)

2) Who did James especially prepare this letter for? (James 1:1)

3) How should we respond to temptation? (James 1:2)

4) Toward what are his trials bringing him? (James 1:3)

5) What is the final product of patience? (James 1:4)

6) What is it that God is always willing to give us? (James 1:5)

7) What is the one condition which we must meet before we receive wisdom? (James 1:6-7)

8) What does James compare to the tossing of the sea? (James 1:6)

9) Who will not receive anything from the Lord Jesus Christ? (James 1:7)

10) Can you describe a double-minded man? (James 1:8)

11) How long will the rich man have his money? (James 1:10-11)

12) How do both Jesus and James regard the man who endures? (James 1:12)

13) What does the man who endures receive? (James 1:12)

14) When is a person really tempted? (James 1:14)

15) When our own wills say ”yes” to wrong desire, what is as good as accomplished? (James 1:15)

16) How should we treat our sinful desires? (James 1:16)

17) When we are related to God, what is our confidence? (James 1:17)

18) What is the believer’s relationship to God? (James 1:18)

19) Who gave us the right of son ship? (James 1:18)

20) When we are thus begotten from above, what is naturally expected of us? (James 1:18)

21) What must we set aside according to James in verse twenty-one? (James 1:21)

22) When a Christian does not translate his knowledge of the Word into conduct, what is he doing (James 1:22)

23) To what does James compare the person who is a listener only? (James 1:23-24)

24) What can we expect if we are faithful doers? (James 1:25)

25) Whose religious profession is utterly vain? (James 1:26)

James Chapter 2

1) What are we warned against in verse one? (James 2:1)

2) How are we likely to treat the rich man who comes to worship? (James 2:2-3)

3) What are we when we make distinction between rich and poor? (James 2:4)

4) What two things belong to the poor who love Jesus Christ? (James 2:5)

5) How had the rich been treating the Christians? (James 2:6)

6) Generally, did the rich have any respect for the name of Jesus Christ? (James 2:7)

7) What law should govern our relation to a neighbor whether he is rich or poor? (James 2:8)

8) Is it consistent for the Christian to disregard the royal law? (James (2:9)

9) If we offend one point of the law, to what extent are we guilty? (James 2:10)

10) What is the law which will judge the Christians? (James 2:12)

11) Who will be judged mercilessly? (James 2:13)

12) Are all people who say they are Christians necessarily born again? (James 2:14)

13) Will a man of true faith distribute good advice and neglect material needs? (James 2:15-16)

14) What is sure evidence of a counterfeit faith? (James 2:17)

15) What is visible evidence of genuine faith? (James 2:18)

16) What is the term which describes someone who imagines that intellectual assent is enough? (James 2:20)

17) What does James compare with workless faith? (James 2:26)

James Chapter 3

1) Why should one consider the matter very carefully before entering into the field of Christian teaching? (James 3:1)

2) What is one of the first ways that we betray our shortcomings? (James 3:2)

3) What would be true of someone who could control his tongue? (James 3:2)

4) Why must we be careful in our speech, according to verse two? (James 3:2)

5) What illustration does James borrow from the Old Testament? (James 3:3)

6) What is the next figure of speech that demonstrates the power of the tongue? (James 3:5)

7) What may be the consequences of words carelessly spoken? (James 3:6)

8) What is another comparison that illustrates the difficulty of controlling the tongue? (James 3:7)

9) What is said about the man taming his tongue in verse eight? (James 3:8)

10) What makes it a serious offence to curse a human being? (James 3:9)

11) How should a man make evident of his wisdom? (James 3:13)

12) What automatically negates any claim to superior wisdom? (James 3:14)

13) How does James describe this counterfeit wisdom? (James 3:15)

14) What does jealousy and rivalry always bring with them? (James 3:16)

15) What are the characteristics of real wisdom? (James 3:17)

16) What must we do to reap the fruits of righteousness? (James 3:18)

James Chapter 4

1) What can all conflicts within the church be traced to? (James 4:1)

2) What have men always done instead of asking God’s help? (James 4:2)

3) But when lustful people do ask something of God, why is it that they receive nothing? (James 4:3)

4) What can interrupt our fellowship with God? (James 4:4)

5) How does James address those of us who have lost this fellowship? (James 4:4)

6) What is it that will withhold His blessing from us? (James 4:6)

7) How do we put the devil to flight? (James 4:7)

8) How do we overcome that self-assertive spirit within us? (James 4:7)

9) What will the strength of our resistance depend upon? (James 4:7-8)

10) How should the repentant sinner express his sorrow? (James 4:9)

11) What are we commanded not to do? (James 4:11)

12) What do we presume to be when we malign the brother? (James 4:11-12)

13) Why should we not be confident that our plans must come to pass? (James 4:13-14)

14) How is our life compared to fog in this verse? (James 4:14)

15) What ought we to say when we make plans, according to James, in this verse? (James 4:15)

16) What is it when we neglect opportunities for service? (James 4:17)

James Chapter 5

1) What will eventually be the fate of all whose lives are centered upon wealth? (James 5:1)

2) What is already so certain that it can be spoken of in the pass tense? (James 5:2)

3) What two evidences will be used against rich men at the judgment day? (James 5:3-4)

4) What title is given the Lord Jesus Christ here? (James 5:4)

5) How has the sinner used his wealth? (James 5:5)

6) Who illustrates the patience of a Christian in this verse? (James 5:7)

7) What hope of the Christian makes this oppression bearable? (James 5:8)

8) What group of men serves as an example of patience? (James 5:10)

9) What man is a special example of standing firm? (James 5:11)

10) What should never be present in our speech? (James 5:12)

11) When afflicted perhaps to exasperation, what should the Christian do? (James 5:13)

12) If a brother is sick, who should offer special prayer for him? (James 5:14)

13) What symbolic act were these spiritual leaders to perform for one that is sick? (James 5:14)

14) What specifically were the elders to do with the oil? (James 5:14)

15) According to James the prayers of faith shall do what in verse fifteen? (James 5:15)

16) Why should we confess our faults to others? (James 5:16)

17) What prophet of the Old Testament does James use as an example of the power of prayer? (James 5:17)

18) What does a Christian accomplish when he permits himself to be used in the conversion of a sinner? (James 5:19-20)

Note: I pray that these questions have helped you in your studies and you have a better understanding of Gods’ word in the Bible. Please feel free to pass them on to other people if this way has helped you.

Your, Brother in Christ

Frank Rose