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 isn’t 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.

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August 3, 2014

James 1:22 - 2:13

Tests of Genuine Faith




Suppose someone gave you a large diamond in payment of a debt, assuring you that it was worth more than they owed.  What would you do?  You’d probably have it examined by a jeweler you could trust.  You’d want to know if the diamond was genuine or fake.  You probably couldn’t tell, but the expert jeweler could.

Doctors run tests to determine the nature of our diseases.  If they don’t identify the disease properly, they can’t treat it successfully.

Is there a way we can test our faith in Jesus Christ to determine if it is genuine?  You can’t take your faith to a jeweler or a doctor.  You might talk to your pastor, but he can’t look inside your heart to determine if you’re genuinely saved.  This lesson presents five tests that can help you know if your faith in Jesus is real.

1.    The Test of Obeying the Bible

Jas. 1:22

“But be ye _________ of the Word, and not ___________ only.”  What are those who don’t obey the Bible doing?


Jas. 1:23-24

To whom did James compare the person who doesn’t obey the Bible?


Jas. 1:25

What will happen to the one who obeys the Bible?


Genuine Christians obey the Bible.  Let’s look at test # 2.

1.    The Test of Controlling your Tongue

Jas. 1:26

If a person seems religious but talks inappropriately, what does that reveal?


Genuine Christians control their tongues.  There are two tests in the next verse.  Read on for tests # 3 and 4.

3.    The Test of Demonstrating Compassion for Others

Jas. 1:27a

How do genuine Christians treat others?


4.    The Test of Moral Purity, Part 1

Jas. 1:27b

What does the Bible say about the moral condition of genuine Christians?


Genuine Christians are compassionate and minister to others.  They also keep themselves unspotted by the world’s wickedness.

5.    The Test of Impartiality

Jas. 2:1

“My brethren, have not the _________ of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with ___________ of ___________.”  We should be impartial.


Jas. 2:2

James presented a hypothetical situation about a rich man and a poor man coming to church.


Jas. 2:3

How did they treat the rich man?


How did they treat the poor man?


Jas. 2:4-5

James rebuked his readers for giving preferential treatment on the basis of wealth and appearance.


Jas. 2:6-7

“But ______ have ____________ the ________.”  The rich people they were giving special treatment to were the very ones who oppressed them.


Jas. 2:8

How should we treat others?


Jas. 2:9

“If ye have respect to persons, ye commit _______.”


4.    The Test of Moral Purity, Part 2

Jas. 2:10

What does this verse reveal about our guilt if we violate even one point of the Law?


Jas. 2:11

Does innocence in one area excuse us from guilt in another?


Jas. 2:12

How should we speak and behave?


Jas. 2:13

What awaits those who show no mercy to others?


Concluding Thoughts: How can you know if you’re really saved?

Five Tests of Genuine Faith:

1.     Obeying God’s Word

2.     Controlling your Tongue (more about that in chapter 3)

3.     Compassion for Others

4.     Moral Purity

5.     Impartiality

Genuine saving faith in Jesus Christ changes the way a person lives.  If you have genuine faith you will live differently than a person without such faith.

Here are two very important questions:

  1. How do you measure up?  Is your supposed “faith” really only lip service that doesn’t change the way you behave?

  2. If you don’t have genuine faith, would you like to?

The only prerequisite for having genuine faith is sincerely wanting it.  Read the verses printed on the back of this book.  Confess your sins.  Confess the sin of pride that has kept you from being honest with yourself and with God.  Turn control of your life over to the Lord Jesus Christ and ask Him to save you.



Project: Tell someone about your faith in Jesus this week.  If you encounter a religious person who doesn’t know if he or she has genuine faith, tell them about the tests found in James 1:222:13.

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