Welcome back to women’s online bible study as we discuss our final week of James, Mercy Triumphs by Beth Moore. This week was a bit depressing as we saw bible heroes executed or exiled and the Jerusalem church scattered. Yet as we learned from Beth, this scattering planted the seeds for a harvest of Christianity around the world. Imagine living in this time and listening to eyewitness accounts of Jesus and his resurrection. A face-to-face encounter with someone who had a physical encounter with Jesus is jaw-dropping. More so, living with Jesus from childhood and knowing him through adulthood… is our protagonist James. We’ve just spent the last seven weeks seeing God’s kingdom through his eyes and heart. Wow.
From our study of James, we see a micro and macro view of his brother Christ. We see James the unbeliever evolve into James the martyr. His story is presented as historical fact. When Beth asks the question “what would you most like to ask James should you meet him in heaven?” my immediate response is…How can I serve my Lord the way you did?
How can we serve the Lord as sisters of Christ. How can we continue the work of James, Peter and John through our own lives. How can we live unchanged after meeting James through the pages of scripture. How can we live together as a church, so the forces of hell cannot overpower us. We can do all things through the lessons learned in our study. Mercy triumphs.
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Beth Moore Quotes
- Maybe we were never meant to arrive at our destinations unblistered.
- Whether or not James saw a glimpse of Jesus before he died, he most assuredly caught one after.
- We have a Jewish Messiah, and his earthly heritage is our spiritual birthright.
- To Christ’s great credit, we did not quit.
For Next Week
Group Discussion- Answer one question or as many as you like
- What question would you ask James should you meet him in heaven? (page 195 )
- What about James life impacted you most? (page 209 )
- What scripture reference from James stood out to you most and why? (page 209 )
- Share a favorite moment from this week’s lesson.
- Would you recommend James Mercy Triumphs to a friend? Why or why not.