“It’s Not Easy Being Green”

Sermon: “It’s Not Easy Being Green”
Scripture: James 3:13-16
Speaker: Pastor Mick Whistler

Scripture and questions for study and reflection:

Read James 3:13-16.

1. This week’s passage is part of a larger narrative describing wisdom from above and wisdom from below, or godly wisdom vs. worldly wisdom. From which wisdom do we get envy? How do we know?

2. James says “where you find envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” Why do you think that is? How have you seen this play out in life?

3. One writer spoke of jealousy and envy, saying, “When taken together, they are the most corroding of all the vices, coals that come hissing hot from hell.” Do you agree with this? Why or why not?

4. Read 1 Samuel 18:5-12. What made Saul so mad about the way people described him versus how they described David? Why did this make him so mad? How did Saul respond? What might have been a better way to respond?

5. Envy was described as “we’re sad when they’re glad and we’re glad when they’re sad.” When have you felt this way in your life? Did feeling this way make your life better or worse? Why?

6. Envy was described as a sin that no one wants to confess. Why do you think that is?

7. Why do you think kindness is considered the virtue that is the antidote to envy? How might this help you in areas of your life where you struggle with envy?

Prayer for the Week:

Lord Jesus, thank you for every good and perfect gift you bestow upon us. Help us to share these gifts with others, so that we might all have everything we need. Teach us to be content with what we have, and not focus on, or worry about, what we don’t have. Lead us not into the temptation and trap of envy, but help us instead to replace envy with kindness. Jesus, you are our Master! You are our King! You are our Savior and our Lord. Help us to live our lives in such a way that this is evident for all to see. May our actions speak even louder than words in proclaiming your love to the world. We pray all of this in your precious, holy and strong name, Lord Jesus. Amen.

“It Happened”

Sermon: “It Happened”
Scripture: 2 Samuel 11:1-5
Speaker: Pastor Mick Whistler

Scripture and questions for study and reflection:

This morning we’re continuing our sermon series on the Seven Deadly Sins + 1. This morning we’re looking at the sin of “Lust.”

1. Read Galatians 5:19-21. Take time for honest, prayerful selfappraisal. Which of these “acts of flesh” do you find in your life? Do you believe these are a result of our human brokenness?

2. Continue reading Galatians 5:22-23. Where do you see the fruits of the spirit growing in your life? Do you believe these are godly characteristics? Why?

3. Read 2 Peter 1:3-9. In this text, Peter says that God’s forgiveness and divine love give us the inner strength we need to stand firm against the evils of this world. What are the positive virtues God offers us? Which of the positive virtues that Peter lists in verses 5-7 are most appealing to you? What does Peter say will happen if we add these virtues to our life?

4. Read Colossians 3:1-10. What are some practices you have found that help you set your mind on things above? What activities seem to draw you away from God?

5. Paul says that a Christian has taken off the old self, with its practices, and put on a new self. Can you see places where this has happened in your life? Where does your “old self” still give you trouble?

Prayer for the Week:

Gracious God in Heaven, please show me what is in my heart. If there is anything impure or displeasing to you, please fill my heart with your love. Forgive me when I give in to temptation and open my heart to the allure of lust. Create in me a clean heart and show me the joy of living and loving in a way that pleases you. It is in your name I pray, Lord. Amen.