5th April

Week 3 Study

during the Coronavirus pandemic


Prayer of Praise

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Saviour and my God.

Songs

Reading

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

9 Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position. 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation – since they will pass away like a wild flower. 11 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 will fade away even while they go about their business.

12 Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

13 When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.



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Shared Study

  1. ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault’ vs 5. What does it mean for God to give wisdom without finding fault? What would be the opposite?

  2. Verse 6 describes doubting that God will give you insight into your situation as being tossed about like a wave at sea. What do you think that might mean? Can you think of any other passages in the Bible where storms and doubt were connected?

  3. Look at verses 9-12. Does any of this remind you of any of Jesus’ teaching? (One example might be Matt 5:3-12)

  4. How might verse 15 be quite practical in helping us not to sin?

  5. ‘Every good and perfect gift is from above’. What good and perfect gifts do you have in your life today?

Prayers

Thank you Jesus for teaching us. Thank you that you speak to us in many different ways. Please help the pictures in this passage to stay with us, and keep us on track with you. Amen.

 

Offer to God your own:

  • TSP (teaspoon prayers!) for yourself - Thank you, Sorry, Please
  • Prayers for other people

Blessing

Bless one another as you finish – for example ‘I bless you now, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirt.

Amen.

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