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Written by Tim Black   
Wednesday, 05 November 2008 13:55

James: A Handbook on Holiness


Being Confronted by God's Word

James 1:19-21


General outline of chapter 1:


  1. The Way to Holiness: The Divine Perspective 1:2-27

    1. The Trial-Temptation Complex 1:2-18

      1. The Confrontation with Trials: Joy & Wisdom 1:2-8

      2. The Range of Trials: Poverty & Riches 1:9-11

      3. The Outcome of Trials: Confidence, Defeat, Victory 1:12-18

    1. The Word of God 1:19-27

      1. The Confrontation with the Word 1:19-21

      2. The Objective of the Word 1:22-25

      3. The Evidence of the Word 1:26-27


James 1:19-21


The Word Cuts Deep – The Truth Hurts!

19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be

quick to hear,

slow to speak,

slow to anger;

20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness that God requires.

Receive the Word with Meekness – The Truth Saves!

21 Therefore put away all

filthiness and

rampant wickedness

and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.



Discussion Questions:


  1. V. 19: As a sword (Eph. 6:17), God's word cuts deep (Heb. 4:12). When you are suffering in a trial, which would you rather do? listen speak get angry

  2. When God's word confronts you, which of these will you do? listen speak get angry

  3. What kinds of speaking are wrong when God confronts us with a trial, or His word? ________



  1. Vv. 20-21: What does the anger of man produce? ____________________________________


  1. What produces the righteousness of God? __________________________________________


  1. What is one way to receive the word with meekness? _________________________________


  1. In what ways is the word "implanted?" ____________________________________________


  1. Why should you receive God's word with meekness? _________________________________