What causes temptation?: High School Small Groups 4.2.17

What we're talking about

So we all face temptations, but where do they come from? What is the source of our temptation and what does temptation lead to? James says that, "God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone..." So where does temptation come from and how do we respond? Even when we are facing temptation we should remember what James tells us "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." Read James 1:13-18 to see what we're talking about this week.

Questions for Conversation

  • Why is it important that we not blame our temptation on God?
  • James 1:14-15 describes something we might call the "life cycle of desire." What are the stages?
  • What does james mean when he says we are the "firstfruits of his creatures"?
  • What is the best way to deal with our "evil desires"?