Study 9 of 13 on The Book of James
“A lot of people are going to lose their Christian pastime with this study aren’t they? We pick up stones to throw without ever reading the writing in the sand, without understanding the anguish, without knowing God. Who am I to judge the you I never got to know?”—Falvo Fowler
Scriptural Basis: Eccl. 2:15–19; Luke 12:13–21; Acts 17:11; Titus 2:14; Heb. 4:15, 16; James 4:11–17. Key Text: “There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?” (James 4:12).
1. To what degree is the judging of another a problem among Christian believers? 2. James 4:11 says: “When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it.” How does judging others amount to sitting in judgment of the law? 3. How can we learn to know if we have crossed the line from being spiritually discerning to being judgmental on God’s law? 4. What is the relationship—if any—between gossip and judging others? 5. How does presumption relate to this week’s study of judging others? 6. How do we balance prudent planning for the future with our need to live each day in expectation of Christ’s imminent coming?