What should *faith do?
EasyEnglish questions (LEE level B) on the letter of James
(includes a Bible text below)
A word list at the end explains words with a *star by them.
These are questions on the biblical text of: What *faith should do: An EasyEnglish Commentary (LEE level B) on the letter of James by Ian Mackervoy.
We hope that these questions will help you to understand the text. We also want to help you use the text in real life. These questions are not examination questions with right or wrong answers.
1:1 What do you learn about the person who sent this letter? Whom did this person serve? To whom is he writing? What do you learn about the people to whom he is writing?
1:2-8. Make a dramatic story about this and act it, as a play.
1:2 To whom is James writing? What does James tell those people to do? What do you think about that? What will you do about that?
1:3 What would be different if you were to consider *trials to be ‘pure joy’? What will you do?
1:4 What do you need to keep on doing? What will the results be? What do you think about that?
1:5 What is it that God can give to people? Who is it that should ask? Why might it be just those people? What will you find out when you do ask God for this? What will God not tell you when you ask for this?
1:6 What must you do when you ask God for something? What do you learn to do when you need wisdom? What must you not do? When you doubt, what are you like? What do you think about that?
1:7, 8 What happens if you doubt? What would you think about that? How would you like to be?
1:9-18. Make up a dramatic story about this and act it, as a play. There could be three acts in your play: 1:9-11; 12-15; 16-18.
1:9 What should the poor person do? What will God do for that person?
1:10 What should the rich person be glad about? Why is that? What do you think about that?
1:11 What happens to flowers? In what way is a rich person like a wild flower? The rich person will ‘fall over and die like a wild flower’. What will the rich person be doing when that happens?
1:12 Whom does James say that God blesses? What reward will they receive? Use your own words to say or write a *word picture of the reward. When will they receive that reward?
1:13-15 What do you learn about *trials that tempt you? So, what tempts you? What is the order of events with *temptation and *sin? Think of a *sin that you did. What led you to do that *sin? What bad results might follow such a *sin?
1:16, 17 What is it that we must ‘not make a mistake’ about? What do you learn about differences between God and the sun, moon and stars? What do you think about that?
1:18 What is it that God chose to do for us? What do you think about that?
1:19-26. Make up a dramatic story about this and act it, as a play. There could be three acts in your play: 1:19-21; 22-25; 26-27.
1:19-21 What do you learn about how you should listen? When should we speak? When should we not speak?
What happens when you become angry? How do you change as you get angry? How might you change the way you behave when you are angry?
What particular bad things should you stop doing?
What should you accept from God, that he has already planted like a seed? What can the word of God do for you?
1:22 What mistake should you not make? How will you avoid that mistake? What will you do in a different way today?
1:23-25 What do you learn about what some people do? What does James say that those people are like? What about the other people? In what ways are they different? What will God do for those different people? What do you think about that? What will you do about that? What will God do?
1:26-27 What do you learn about being *religious? What connection do the things that you say have with being *religious? How does James describe the religion that our Father, God, accepts? What kind of religion is that? Who will benefit if you have true religion? How would someone know that you have true religion?
2:1-13. Make a dramatic story out of this and act it, as a play. Your play might be in two acts: 2:1-7; 8-13. There might be sections in each act.
2:1 What do you learn about the Christian family? What makes you a part of that family? What do you learn about what you think about other people?
Who is in your family? What makes you a part of that family? How should you value other people?
2:2-4 How does James say that you receive a rich man? How does James say that you receive a poor man? What is the problem with this? Why does James say that this is wrong?
2:5-7 As part of God’s family, what do you find out about the way that your father looks at poor people? What will your father, God, do for them? What have you done to the poor man that you should not have done? What are the problems with rich people?
2:8 What does James say is ‘the royal law’? Why do you think that he said that?
2:9 How does James say that you may break the royal law? How easy is that for you to do? How do you break the royal law in your family? How do you break it where you work?
2:10-11 What are the most important rules to obey? Is that what you think that James is saying? What do you learn about God’s law? What do you learn about what God thinks about good sex? What do you learn about what God thinks about human life?
2:12 What do you learn about how God judges? How can that give you great hope? How will you be different?
2:13 What is God looking for in your behaviour towards other people? How will God reward you if you show *mercy to other people? If someone shows *mercy, what will God do about the law?
2:14-26. Make a dramatic story out of this and act it, as a play. Your play might be in two acts: 2:14-20; 21-26. There might be two or three sections in each act.
2:14 Use your own words to say or write this. What do you think about that? What are you going to do about that?
2:15, 16 What do you learn about the need to help people with their practical needs? Is it enough to tell someone to ‘be warmed and filled’?
2:17, 18 What do you learn about your *faith? How do *faith and actions belong together? What do your actions show about what you believe? If you do nothing, how can you show someone your belief?
2:19 What example does James give of belief shown by actions? James says that *demons show what they believe. What do you learn from that?
2:20 Why were people foolish? What evidence are those people giving about their *faith? What value is that?
2:21-23 You can read the full story of Abraham and how he offered Isaac, in Genesis chapter 22. Use your own words to say or write this. What do you think about this *word picture?
2:24 How do *faith and actions belong together? What does God look for?
2:25 You can read the full story of Rahab in Joshua 2:1-21. Use your own words to say or write this. Why was God pleased with Rahab?
2:26 How does James say what he has taught so far? Use your own words to say or write this. What are you going to do about what James taught?
3:1-18. Make a dramatic story out of this and act it, as a play. Your play might be in three acts: 3:1-5a; 5b-12; 13-18.
3:1 What do you learn about teachers? Why do you think God demands more from teachers than other people?
3:2 Who makes mistakes? What do you have to achieve to be perfect?
3:3 Use your own words to say or write this *word picture. What other *word picture could you use for the same thing?
3:4 Use your own words to say or write this *word picture. What other *word picture could you use for the same thing?
3:5a What do you learn about the tongue? What do you think about what you learned? What examples do you have from your own experience?
3:5b Use your own words to say or write this *word picture.
3:6 How is the tongue dangerous? What experience do you have of the danger of your own tongue? How have other people hurt you, or to use James’s *word picture, ‘burned’ you, with their tongues? People’s tongues can damage relations with other people. Which examples have you heard for yourself?
3:7 What can *human beings do? What do you think about that?
3:8 What is the difficulty with the tongue? What do you need to do because of this?
3:9, 10 What do you learn? Use your own words to say or write this. What do you think about this?
3:11, 12 Explain the meaning of these *word pictures. Draw a picture of these examples. Why do you think that James says this to his Christian ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’?
3:13 What does James say to the wise person? How would you know that someone was a wise person? What do you need to do in a different way?
3:14-16 What will you discover if you do not behave as a wise person? What would make you know that you behave in a jealous, bitter and selfish way? What are the results of jealous and selfish actions? How could someone come to deny the truth? What do you learn about wisdom that does not come from God? Write those things down.
3:17, 18 Many good things come from the wisdom that comes from heaven. What are they? What will you do in a different way when you use ‘the wisdom that comes from heaven’? What will God do for you that will help?
4:1-17. Make a dramatic story out of this and act it, as a play. Your play might be in three acts: 4:1-10; 11-12; 13-17 The first act might have several sections.
4:1-3 What do you learn about fights and quarrels? Why do we want to fight? What would be a better way to get pleasure? Why do we not receive when we ask God?
4:4 Use your own words to say or write this *word picture. What do you think about what James says here? What difference does this knowledge make to you?
4:5, 6 Use your own words to tell ‘what the *Scripture says’. What do you learn about the help that God gives? How does God help us?
4:7, 8 What will you do? Why are those actions necessary? What will the results be? So, what are you going to do about what you have learned?
4:9 What could you do now? What could be your attitude to God? How will someone know that you are really sorry for your *sins?
4:10 What will God do for you if you are ‘humble in front of’ him?
4:11, 12 Use your own words to say or write this. Why is it bad to say bad things about other people? What do you think about that? Where does the law really come from?
4:13-14 Why should you not make a statement about what you will do? What do you learn to do when you make a plan for your future?
4:15-16 How ought we to speak when we plan for the future? Why is that?
4:17 What do you learn about *sin?
5:1-20. Make a dramatic story out of this and act it, as a play. Your play might be in three acts 5:1-6; 7-12; 13-20
5:1-3 What will happen to us if we are rich? What will happen to stuff (clothing, gold, silver and other things) that we collect? Use your own words to say or write these *word pictures.
5:4-6 What does James say that we have done? Use your own words to say or write these *word pictures. Tell about those kinds of things that have happened in your own experience or in your own neighbourhood.
5:7-11 Use your own words to say or write this. Why do you need patience? What benefits come when you are patient? Where can you learn about the benefits of patience? How would you know if someone was patient? What will you do in a different way because you have studied about patience?
5:12 What do you learn here? What do you think about that? How will someone else know that you have learned this lesson?
5:13-18 How must you act when you are:
Who should do those actions? What do you think about that? Use your own words to say or write what James teaches about prayer.
5:19-20 What do you learn about a believer who acts on his own? What kind of responsibility do we have for other believers? What reward comes from God if you turn someone back to the truth?
Read again James’s book, ‘What *faith should do’. What things will you need to do that are different?
What *faith should do
An EasyEnglish Version (LEE level B) of the letter of James
This version has been through Advanced Theological Checking.
Words in boxes are from the Bible.
The word list at the end explains words with a *star by them.
Albinus ~ a *Roman ruler. He came after *Festus and after James, the *Lord’s brother, died.
altar ~ the special table on which to offer gifts to God.
Ananus II ~ the chief priest of the *Jews who was responsible for the death of James the *Lord’s brother.
angel ~ a servant of God. He brings messages from God to people on earth.
anoint ~ to put oil put on someone’s head. This shows that God has chosen the person for a special task.
apostle ~ one whom God sends; especially one of the 12 that Jesus chose to be his helpers.
baptism ~ to put a person under water or to put water on a person to show that they want to follow Jesus.
Barnabas ~ one of the early church leaders who worked with the *apostle Paul.
believers ~ Christians.
bit ~ a piece of metal put into the mouth of a horse so the rider can control the horse.
bridle ~ attached to the ends of the bit to help the rider to control the horse.
covenant ~ when people agree something together; when God and a person or people agree to a special thing.
demons ~ bad or evil spirits that work for the devil.
disciples ~ the 12 helpers that Jesus chose to be with him.
elders ~ leaders in the church.
eternal ~ what has always been and will always be.
faith ~ belief that something is true; trust in someone or something; belief and trust in God and in Jesus Christ his Son.
faithful ~ true and loyal to someone.
Festus ~ the *Roman ruler in *Jerusalem who died before James was killed.
fig ~ kind of sweet fruit that grows on a tree. The tree is called a fig tree.
Gehenna ~ a valley near *Jerusalem where the *Jews burned their rubbish.
Gentiles ~ people who are not *Jews.
glory ~ everything that makes God beautiful and great. It is like a bright light that is shining round God or Jesus.
grape ~ fruit of a *vine (a climbing plant). You can make it into wine.
Greek ~ the language that James used to write this letter.
Hebrew ~ the language of the *Jews.
Herod ~ a king of the *Jews who killed James the son of *Zebedee.
human being ~ a human person.
humans ~ people.
Israel ~ the country of the *Jews; another name for Jacob, the first father of the *Jews.
Israelites ~ the people of *Israel.
Jericho ~ the city where *Rahab lived.
Jerusalem ~ the capital city of *Israel.
Jewish ~ people or things that are from the *Jews.
Jews ~ people who were born from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their children.
Josephus ~ a *Jewish man who wrote a history of the *Jewish nation.
Joses ~ a son of Joseph and Mary and so a half-brother to Jesus.
Judas ~ a son of Joseph and Mary and so a half-brother to Jesus.
judge ~ to judge is to do the work of a judge; to test and decide what is right or wrong.
justice ~ fair and right decisions and actions.
kingdom ~ the place or territory where a king rules. The Kingdom of Heaven is the people who are under God’s rule.
Lord ~ a title for God, or Jesus, to show that he is over all people and things. The name that God gave to himself in the *Old Testament. He was the One who had made a *covenant with the *Jews.
meek ~ strong but humble.
mercy ~ kindness and help to a person who does wrong, to show love to that person.
Messiah ~ God promised the *Jews that a special person would come to save them. That person is the Messiah. Jesus is that Messiah but the *Jews did not believe it. Messiah is a Hebrew word. It means an *anointed person. In the Greek language, the word is Christ.
moths ~ flying insects whose young eat clothes.
New Testament ~ the last part of the Bible, which the writers wrote after the life of Jesus. It is about the things that Jesus did and taught and about the church.
oath ~ to make an oath is to use the name of a person, thing or God to witness that what someone says is true.
Old Testament ~ the first part of the Bible; the holy things that the writers wrote before Christ’s birth.
olive ~ tree or its small fruit with a stone. People make oil from olives. They use the oil to cook food.
orphan ~ a child that has no parents alive.
pastor ~ a church leader who cares for the *believers.
persecute ~ to hurt people because they believe in Christ.
persecution ~ when enemies of God hurt people because they believe in Christ.
preach ~ to speak out the message from God and to teach his word.
prophet ~ person who speaks for God. He can sometimes say what will happen in the future.
psalm ~ a song for when we are praising God; one of the books of the *Old Testament.
Rahab ~ a woman of *Jericho who trusted in God.
religious ~ describes a person who believes in a god or gods. True religion is to trust in the one true God. We show it when we obey God.
repent ~ to change your mind; to turn away from *sin and turn to God.
repentance ~ a change of mind and heart, to turn away from *sin and turn to God. To turn one’s mind and life away from *sin is to repent.
riches ~ the wealth that rich people have.
righteous ~a righteous person is right in what he does; or a person whom God says is right.
righteousness ~ the quality of being *righteous.
Roman ~ *Rome was the capital city of the rulers at that time. That which belonged to *Rome was Roman.
Rome ~ the capital city of the rulers at that time. They were the Romans.
rudder ~ a piece of wood or an oar fixed to the back of a ship. You can turn it to change the direction that the ship is going.
salvation ~ the result after God saves us from *sin and its punishment; the new life that God gives to those believe in the *Lord Jesus.
Samaritan ~ a person from the country of Samaria.
Scripture ~ the books of the Bible.
Simon ~ a son of Joseph and Mary and so a half-brother to Jesus.
sin ~ to sin is to do wrong, bad or evil; not to obey God; sins are the wrong things that we do.
sinner ~ a person who does *sins.
soul ~ the part of a person that we cannot see; or the mind.
Stephen ~ the first person to be killed because he believed in Jesus Christ.
synagogue ~ the place where the *Jews met to *worship God.
temple ~ the special building in *Jerusalem where the *Jews went to *worship God.
temptation ~ something that tries to make us do wrong things.
trials ~ troubles and difficulties that come to us.
tribe ~ family from one man. The first *Jews were the 12 sons of Jacob. The family of each son became one of the 12 tribes of *Israel.
vine ~ a plant that climbs. Its fruits are called *grapes.
word picture ~ a description in words that helps someone to imagine a physical place or object.
worship ~ show honour to God with praise, thanks and respect.
Zebedee ~ the father of the *disciples James and John.
W Barclay ~ The Letter of James ~ Daily Study Bible
D W Burdick ~ in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary
C S Keener ~ Background Commentary ~ IVP
R P Martin ~ in World Biblical Commentary
J B Mayor ~ in Dictionary of the Bible, edited by J Hastings
A McNab ~ The New Bible Commentary (IVF)
R V G Tasker ~ James ~ The Tyndale New Testament Commentaries.
W E Vine ~ Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
Exegetical Summaries ~ SIL
NIV, RSV, TEV, AV,
A Marshall ~ The Interlinear Greek New Testament
Friberg & Friberg ~ Analytical Greek New Testament
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This publication is written in EasyEnglish Level B (2800 words).
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