Viva James

Viva James

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4-week small group curriculum on the book of James.
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Viva is a series of short, downloadable, curriculum resources. Whether you are looking for a last minute lesson plan or ideas to add into your teaching, Viva is designed for youth workers leading the revolution. Each lesson includes:


1. Lesson Objective

2. Prep

3. Opening Activity

4. “Say Something Like"

5. Bible Exploration

6. Response

7. Closing Activity


Week One

Moving Toward Action

This lesson will allow your students to dive right into the meat of the book of James and examine where in their lives they are judging others unfairly and being lazy in their faith—and make strides to change those areas to closer line up with the life of Jesus.


Week Two

Moving Toward Change

This week your group will be encouraged and challenged to step up with some serious, practical movement in their faith and lives, just as James steps up with some serious, practical substance in his writing. You’ll explore together a small section of James’s letter that takes on large topics such as freedom, anger, obedience, integrity, and garbage. Yep, garbage.


Week Three

Moving Toward Wise Speech

Tongues. Tongues can do a lot of things: taste, contort, stick out at people, and pick leftover food out of our teeth. They can help us form words that aid us in blessing others or tearing others down. This lesson will take a serious look at how James warns us of the power of our words and how taming our tongue means so much more than simply saying, “Don’t say swear words!”


Week Four


Once again rejecting nuance for clear and direct writing, James has a lot to say in chapter 5. We’ll take a look at all of it as we keep moving toward Jesus with our lives. In this final section of his letter, James gives both warnings and instructions regarding money, patience, prayer, and movement. The question for us in this lesson is: do we think these warnings and instructions apply to us here today?


Includes 4 lessons, instructions, and two slide templates for PowerPoint, Keynote, MediaShout, ProPresenter or another display system.


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