Bible Study: September 8, 2013

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Posted: Sep 04, 2013 4:52 PM
NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.

This week's Bible study is adapted from the Bible Studies For Life curriculum.

Bible Passage: James 1:13-18

Discussion Questions:

If temptations promise good but never deliver, why do we so often say yes to them? How can you support and encourage someone struggling with temptation?

Food for Thought:

We probably all have a favorite food that tempts us to take just one more bite. Perhaps it's something like chocolate cake (or chocolate anything), your mom's fried chicken, or chips and salsa from a favorite restaurant. Whatever it is, we just don't seem to be able to say no. After all, where's the harm in taking just one more bite?

Temptation is often the same. We think there isn't a lot of harm in giving in just once more. "I'll stop after this one," might be a thought that runs through our heads. But we all know people who have said yes to gossiping and have lost a friendship. Others have said yes to a seemingly innocent conversation that turned into a flirtation, and they ultimately couldn't say no, which led to the ending of their marriage. One more bite of our favorite food seems harmless enough. Sometimes we approach temptation the same way.

The book of James has a lot to tell us about how harmful temptation is. James provides practical help in dealing with the pressure of temptation that we all face. The Scripture says that we are "drawn away and enticed by our own evil desires" (James 1:14, HCSB). The Greek word for "own" is "idios" from which we get the English word idiosyncrasy. It means that we each have unique things that tempt us. The thing that tempts you may not be the same thing that tempts me, but we all have something that has a special attraction to us.

In our Bible study this week, we will learn that God doesn't tempt anyone, but when we are tempted by our own evil desires, He does provide a way out.

Bible Studies for Life

Bible Studies for Life is a family of resources that addresses key issues in the lives of adults, students and kids. Bible Studies for Life has been updated for fall 2013. Visit www.biblestudiesforlife.comand use it to help you "Connect the Unconnected, Strengthen Families, and Disciple People With Wisdom." Free session downloads are available, plus PDFs and videos that explain the improvements made to this Bible study resource.

Other ongoing Bible study options for all ages offered by LifeWay can be found at www.LifeWay.com/SundaySchool.

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