Overview of Chapter 3:
1. Leadership Ambitions
2. Guarding our Speech
3. The Source of Evil speaking
4. The Results of Evil speaking
5. The Results of God’s Wisdom
1. Why does it say in verse 1 that “masters” or teachers receive the greater condemnation?
2. Why is that we find it easier to talk / teach things than we do to live them?
3. According to some newer translations the first part of verse 2 says, “For we all stumble in many things.” What does this mean in the context of the rest of verse 2?
4. Read verses 3-8. What analogies are used to describe the tongue and what do they teach us about our self?
5. What does verse 8 tell you about your ability to fix this problem?
6. What is the poison that is described in verse 8?
7. In verses 9 and 10 it says that something “ought not to be”, what is it and why shouldn’t it happen?
8. Read verses 11,12. What analogies are used and why is the message for us today from these verses?
9. How is wisdom really shown? James 3:13
10. What does verse 14 mean to you?
11. What kind of wisdom is earthly, sensual, devilish? Verse 15?
12. There is a progression of thought in verses 14-18 about strife. Where does it come from? If it is present, what else is present with it?
13. When righteousness is present, what is the result? Why? Verse 18
14. If you think about family problems, church problems, work problems……What do these verses describe as the cause of most problems? What can you personally do to be part of the solution?
15. Read verse 17 again. Write down the character traits of wisdom from above and describe what they mean. Pray for God to give these traits to you.
16. What does it mean to “make peace”? 3:18
17. In what ways have you been a peacemaker in your circle of influence?
18. In what ways have you caused strife in your circle of influence?
19. What does verse 18 mean when it says righteousness is “sown” in peace? What are the implications of these words?