What did you like best about James’s teaching?

What does our culture teach about the practice of fellowship and friendship?

Resond to James’s statement: “A lot of people don’t realize that fellowship is a discipline—not just something helpful but something commanded. It’s not just something useful but something needed. And one of the surest barometers of the quality of your Christian life is the quality of the Christian relationships in your life.”

In what seasons of life have you been most content with the quality and quantity of your relationships with other Christians?

What are the risks involved in seeking deeper relationships outside your family?

What are the potential rewards of cultivating spiritual friendships that go below the surface?

Describe the barriers that have prevented you from cultivating deeper friendships in the past. How can these barriers be overcome?

Application. Fellowship is the only spiritual discipline that can’t be practiced alone, so it has a great deal of application for your group. Think about the following questions as you work through the study material this week. Be prepared to discuss your thoughts during the next group session.

  • • What do you hope to gain from this group in the area of fellowship?

  • • What will you contribute to strengthen the fellowship of this group?

This week’s Scripture memory. Roman s 12:10-11

Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

Assignment. Read week 5 and complete the activities before the next group experience.