Author Archives: Jane Johnson

James 1:21-25

Some Scripture-Digging Tips

Dig into the linguistics.

This is a shorter passage this week, so take your time really digging into the linguistics of each verse.

Pair the passages.

Again, because this is a shorter passage, look at every cross-reference to these four verses. What richer narrative can you pull together from them when you tie it all together?

The Technicalities

Before we get to this last part of the first chapter of James’ letter, I want you to take a look at a piece of one of Paul’s – over in Romans 10.

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James 1:9-20

Some Scripture-Digging Tips

Dig into the linguistics.

Use Blue Letter Bible to look at the Greek word for “trials” in James 1:2 and “temptations” in verse 12. What is the difference between the two?

Pair the passages.

Read James 1:17 alongside John 3:27 and Numbers 23:19. How do the truths of each provide additional insights to the others?

The Technicalities

Do you remember how I said in the introduction to this book that it reads a lot like the book of Proverbs?

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James 1:1-8

Some Scripture-Digging Tips

Research the book.

Consult your Bible’s introduction to the book, your favorite study tools (like Search the Scriptures) or The Bible Project for foundational introductory information before beginning to study the first chapter.

Identify the key verse.

Hint: Find the author’s emphasis by looking for repeated words and ideas throughout the text.

The Technicalities

Welcome to the Book of James – a five-chapter letter written by James to the Jewish Christians living outside Israel and scattered throughout the Roman Empire.

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Galatians 6:1-18

Some Scripture-Digging Tips

Do a word study.

Look up the word “bear” in the Bible and do a word study on its varied definitions and uses. What does it mean to bear one another’s burdens in this passage? What does bearing look like elsewhere in the Bible?

Pair the passages.

Read this passage (especially verse 10) alongside Proverbs 3:27 and Romans 12:13.

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Galatians 5:7-26

Some Scripture-Digging Tips

Look at the linguistics.

Dig into the word definitions for Galatians 5:25. What does it mean to both live and walk in the Spirit?

Pair the passages.

Read Galatians 5:22-23 alongside John 15:2. How does the truth of one give further insight into the other?

The Technicalities

At the end of the last part of his letter, Paul talked about how, by the help of the Holy Spirit, the believing Jews then were (and you and I today are) counting on Christ’s death to clear away sins and reconcile His people to Himself.

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