At-Home Bible Study

This page contains an interactive Bible study that you can do at home.  These Bible studies are changed each week, and they coordinate with the Bible lessons taught in Morningside's Sunday School each Sunday.

The At-Home Bible Study is easy to use.  Simply print this page, get your Bible and a pen or pencil, and begin learning.  If your Bible isnít handy, click on the verse references to read the Bible verses on your computer screen.  The studies are interactive, so you will be asked to read specific scripture verses and answer questions.  You'll be amazed how much you will learn from God's Word, the Bible.

Bookmark this page and come back each week to study the Bible in your own home.  To further your Bible learning, come to Sunday School at Morningside Baptist Church each Sunday at 8:45 a.m.

Introduction Map This Quarter's Lessons

July 27, 2014

James 1:1-21

Trials and Temptations




Have you ever used a mousetrap?

If you buy a brand new mousetrap and place it where mice are likely to be, will you catch a mouse?  No, the mousetrap will not catch any mice unless you bait it.  If you put cheese or peanut butter on the mousetrap you will probably catch a mouse.

What draws the mouse to his doom on the baited trap?  Does the trap lure the mouse?  No.  Does the bait draw the mouse?  Not exactly: the mouse smells the bait and is drawn by his desire for the bait.  That desire leads him to make a bad choice (trying to eat the bait) and that bad choice is usually fatal for the mouse.

If you came upon a baited mousetrap, would you be drawn to eat the bait?  No, because you can easily recognize the danger involved in making that choice.  In this lesson you will learn about a proper attitude toward trials, as well as the actual source of your temptations.

James 1:1

James was the half-brother of the Lord Jesus Christ.  To whom did he write this letter?



James 1:2

The word temptations here literally means trials, not the enticement to commit sin.  How should we view our trials?


James 1:3

It sounds strange to be joyful about trials.  What does the trying or testing of our faith produce?


James 1:4

The word perfect here means complete and mature.  What does patience lead to?


James 1:5

We may need wisdom to endure trials.  What should we do when we need wisdom?


What will God do if we ask for wisdom?


James 1:6-7

How should we ask God for wisdom?




James 1:8

A double-minded person is unsure whether to trust God or not.  How is that person described?


James 1:9-11

Trials level the playing field between the poor and the rich, because everyone faces trials.  Through trials we learn to depend upon God.


James 1:12

What reward does God promise the person who faithfully endures trials?



James 1:13

The next few verses tell where the temptation to sin comes from.  According to this verse, where does it NOT come from?


James 1:14

How many people are tempted to sin?


Temptation occurs when we are drawn by what?


Comedian Flip Wilson used to say ďThe devil made me do it,Ē but the truth of the matter is that the devil canít ďmakeĒ Godís children sin.  He simply puts something wicked before our eyes or minds, and our fleshly sin nature contemplates it and desires it.  We sin because our own lusts entice and allure us.

James 1:15

What does lust bring forth?


What is the end result of sin?


The Bible tells us that ďthe wages of sin is deathĒ (Rom. 6:23).  For the Christian, sin can kill your influence, kill your testimony, and ultimately kill Godís plan for your life.

James 1:16

Do not err: God doesnít tempt us to sin (verse 13).  The next verses tell what God does for us.


James 1:17

What comes from God?


James 1:18

This verse speaks of salvation.  What did God do?


James 1:19

ďLet every man be swift to ________, slow to _________, slow to _________.Ē


James 1:20

Manís wrath CANNOT do what?


James 1:21

What should we stay away from?


What should we receive?


Concluding Thoughts: Think of the roles of the mousetrap and the bait.  What bait does the devil use to lure you into sin?

You are a flesh-and-blood human being so you have fleshly lusts (Rom. 7:15-25).  Youíll have them until the day you die, but you donít have to be drawn away and enticed by those lusts.  Remember that lust leads to sin and sin leads to death.

Confess your sin of succumbing to the lusts of your flesh.  Ask God to let you see the dangers of sin so you wonít yield to your temptations.  Ask God for wisdom and strength to endure trials.  Stay away from wickedness, and stay in Godís Word.



Project: Memorize James 1:14-15.  Ask God daily to help you endure your trials and resist temptations.  Do the Daily Bible Readings and donít miss Sunday School this Sunday.

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