Youth Bible Studies from the New Testament Book of James
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Youth Bible Studies from the New Testament Book of James
GYM WORKOUT
Studies in the Book of James

I Timothy 4:12 "Don't let anyone look down on you
because you are young, but set an example
for the believers in speech, in life,
   These talks were given at the first Challenge camp run by the Anglican Youth Dept. in Sydney Australia.( I think 1990?) Each group received a talk on the topic and then broke up into small groups. The following were the exercises used by the Junior High Group. That is for people 12 to 14 years old.


Gym Workout in James

JUNIOR HIGH MATERIAL
 1.  Speech.  (Verbal)
 2.  Life.  (Example Living)
 3. Love.  (Love for God and others)
 4. Faith.  (Putting it into practice)
 5. Purity.  (Being God's person everywhere I go)



Speech
Underline what James says about speech

James
1:19-20 "My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires."
1:26 "If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless."
2:9 "But if you show favouritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers"
2:12-13 "Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!"
3:1-13 "Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water. Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom."
4:11-12 "Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you - who are you to judge your neighbour?"
5:9 "Don't grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!"
5:12 "Above all, my brothers, do not swear - not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your "Yes" be yes, and your "No," no, or you will be condemned."

Activity:
1. Use tongue depressors to look at other people tongues.
2. Have two poster walls, on one things that hurt - Death words, on the other comments that encourage - life words.

Application:
What things do I say that can hurt other people.
  : Repent of "verbal" sins.



Life
Underline what James says about life and death

James
1:9 "The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position. But the one who is rich should take pride in his low position, because he will pass away like a wild flower. For the sun rises with scorching heat and withers the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed. In the same way, the rich man will fade away even while he goes about his business. Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death."

4:1-7 "What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."

5:7-11 "Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near. Brothers, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy."
 

Activity
  Draw a coat of arms to show the following in the four quarters.
   What was your Christian life like a year ago.
   What your Christian life is like now.
   What you would like your Christian life to be like.
   What the aim of your life is.
   On the bottom write your life motto.

Application

What does God want his children to be like?



Love
Underline what James says about love?
James
1:12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

2:5-11 "Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?" But you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong? If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbour as yourself," you are doing right. But if you show favouritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. For he who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker"

 Activity:
Rewrite in groups a ‘dear dolly' style letter that you think one of the passages above would answer.

  : Put sheets on the back of each of the people in your group and people are to write
   things that they like about that person. Then people look at what is written.

  : Each person is assigned someone that in the next 24 hours that have to do an act of
  love, the next day each person has to guess who the person is, then share who it was.
 

Application:
God's love is shown in Jesus and we are to express that practically to those around us.



Faith
Underline what James says about faith.

James
2:5 "Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?"

2:14-20 "What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, "You have faith; I have deeds." Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that - and shudder. You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?"
2:20-24 "You foolish man, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? Was not our ancestor Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. And the scripture was fulfilled that says, "Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness," and he was called God's friend. You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.

5:16-17,20 "The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins."

Activity:
Blindfold people and lead them around the site, then share how it felt. Discuss how God    uses the Bible to lead us etc.
  : Each group is to act out a drama that expresses faith.

Application:
Faith is expressed in actions



Purity
What does James tell us about being pure from the following verses.

James
1:2-9 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double minded man, unstable in all he does. The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position."
1:13-21 "When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire,
he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don't be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you."
1:27 "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
3:17 "But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 3:18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness."
4:7-10 "Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up."

Activity:
People are to go outside and try to make themselves as dirty as possible then come back in groups outside and see who is dirtiest, then discuss how does it feel to be dirty etc.
Clean off then come back to discuss the difference.
  Get your group to write a song or poem about being a dirty and clean Christian.

Chair game,
One person tries to pull a person up from standing on a chair whilst the other tries to pull them down.
Then discuss what can pull you down in your Christian life.

Application:
God wants practical holiness expressed in a pure life style.
  : Get the group to make two lists what God wants and what He hates.

Then discuss how we get be holy and how can we stop sin.