A Study Of James

Over the years God has led me to teach many different types of institute courses, but I have come to believe that the most profitable type of course is a study through a book of the Bible.  One of the best things about it is that the principles of hermeneutics are naturally being taught as we study each book.  I have also found that just showing my students the treasures in a book of a Bible is not nearly as profitable as helping them find treasures for themselves. Over the past couple of years we have enjoyed studying Titus, II Timothy, and James.  While studying James, God led me to record the assignments down on paper. The idea being that my students could then take this study booklet to teach other men who are not available to come to our institute.
My Offer:  

  • A copy of the James study is attached here to use (or not use) however you see fit.  Complete study of James                                                    
  • You are welcome to delete or add whatever you like. 
  • The Khmer translation is also attached here.   Complete Study of James KHMER

My instructions:  

  • Keep in mind that this study was written for Cambodians and based on the Khmer Bible.  If you are using this study with a language other than Khmer, then you may need to edit it accordingly.
  • This is not a  discipleship book.  This is a Bible study help.  National pastors, preacher-boys, and those serious about studying the Bible would be the best candidates.
  • A set of highlighters would be very helpful; yellow, pink, green, blue, and orange.
  • Assignments are numbered and meant to be done in order, one at a time.
  • The necessary Bible texts are attached to both the Khmer and English document.  I want the student to have a copy of the text that they feel free to mark on as much as they want.
  • Reading the text multiple times is intentional.  This process will impress upon the student the overall content and tone of the book.  Though the student may not be able to verbalize these concepts, multiple readings will enable them to answer questions about these topics.  The concepts start to become imbedded in the student’s heart and mind, even though they are not clearly understood.  The section about the author and recipients is intentionally not at the beginning.  I want the student to have a good “feel”  for the book before answering any questions. 
  • This booklet could be used in a “correspondence” fashion, however, I feel that a teacher/mentor would increase the effectiveness of this study help.  Having said that, plese emphasize to the student that the Holy Spirit teaches them the Bible better than any man ever could. 

 My Request:  

  • If you change something, then I would love to know what it is. I may want to change it too! 
  • Please print and make copies yourself.  I would rather not publish and sell it. 
  • This is not an explanation of James.  It does not answer nor ask all of the questions that students should be asking.  You will notice that some of the questions lead the student to a predetermined conclusion.  You may or may not agree with all of these predetermined conclusions, and I request the right to disagree with myself at a later date if I so desire. 🙂

Currently we are working on a study through the book of Colossians. (I Love It!) When it is finished, I will make it available also.  Because of this, if you have any suggestions about how future studies should be structured, then please let me know.  I do not promise to use your suggestions, but I will consider them.
If there is anything in the study that seems impossible for your student to understand, then please share that with me as well.

You may contact me at rodneyruppel@gmail.com


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