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James Chapter 1

1.             A servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ

2.             The twelve tribes which are scattered abroad

3.             Joy

4.             Patience (perseverance NIV)

5.             Ask of God

6.             In faith

7.             Unstable in all his ways

8.             Wild flower

9.             Crown of life

10.         God

11.         Lust

12.         Lust—sin--death

13.         From the Father

14.         With him there is no variableness

15.         Word of truth

16.         Hear

17.         Speak and to wrath

18.         The righteousness of God

19.         All filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness

20.         The engrafted word

21.         Being a hearer but not a doer of the word

22.         A mirror

23.         Word of God

24.         Vain religion and pure religion

25.         Visit orphans and widows and keep oneself unspotted from the world


James Chapter 2

1.             The Lord Jesus Christ

2.             Giving a rich man a better seat

3.             1) Has not God chosen the poor, rich in faith?  2) Do not rich men oppress you and draw you before judgment seat?  3) Do not they blaspheme the worthy name by which you are called?

4.             Love your neighbor as yourself

5.             Sin

6.             He that has shown no mercy

7.             Seeing a person without clothing or food and telling him “Be warmed and filled” but not helping him

8.             Dead

9.             Works

10.         Devils believe

11.         Abraham and Rahab

12.         1) Faith was made perfect, 2) credited to him as righteousness, 3) called the friend of God

13.         Gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different way

14.         A body without the spirit


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James Chapter 3

1.             Teachers

2.             The man who offends not in word

3.             1) Bits control horses,  2) rudders control large ships

4.             1) Little fires kindle large forest fires   2) A small amount of poison can kill large men

5.             Little member, boasts great things, a fire, a world of iniquity, defiles whole body, unruly evil, full of deadly poison

6.             Hell

7.             Beasts, birds, serpents and things in the sea

8.             The tongue

9.             Blessing God

10.         Men are made in God’s likeness

11.         Fountain and fig tree

12.         By his good life and deeds done in humility

13.         Wisdom not from above, wisdom from above

14.         Earthly, sensual, devilish

15.         Envying, strife, confusion and every evil work

16.         Pure, peaceable, gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, without hypocrisy

17.         Pure

18.         The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace


James Chapter 4

1.             Lusts

2.             Asking with the wrong motives

3.             Friendship with the world

4.             The proud

5.             Submit yourselves to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you

6.             He will come near to you

7.             Humble yourself in the sight of the Lord

8.             He becomes a judge of the other

9.             His destination, length of stay, the business he would conduct and the profit he would make

10.         A vapor which vanishes away

11.         If the Lord will, we shall live and do this or that

12.         It is evil

13.         He who knows to do good but doesn’t do it, sins


James Chapter 5

1.             Corrupted riches—perhaps crops and fruit, Garments moth eaten, Gold and silver corroded—perhaps coins

2.             Hoarding, failed to pay wages, lived in pleasure and self-indulgence, condemned and killed the just

3.             Patience, don’t grudge

4.             Farmer waiting for the land to yield its crop

5.             Grudge

6.             The Judge

7.             Job

8.             The Lord is full of compassion and mercy

9.             Call for the elders

10.         Pray over him and anoint with oil

11.         Much

12.         Praying about rain

13.         He was a man just like us (subject to like passions KJV)

14.         Save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins


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I Peter Chapter 1

1.             Unto a lively hope by the resurrection of the dead

2.             Incorruptible, undefiled, fadeth not away, reserved in heaven

3.             By the power of God through faith

4.             Both relate to rejoicing in the midst of temptations (trials)

5.             Proving the genuineness of our faith

6.             Salvation

7.             Old Testament prophets and angels

8.             In the mind

9.             1) Be ye holy  2) Pass the time of sojourning with fear  3) Love one another with a pure heart

10.         God (Be ye holy for I am holy)

11.         The precious blood of Christ as of a lamb without blemish and without spot

12.         It was foreordained before the foundation of the world

13.         Obeying the truth through the spirit

14.         By the word of God, which lives and abides forever (incorruptible seed)

15.         Flower of the grass


I Peter Chapter 2

1.             Malice, guile, hypocrisies, envies, evil speakings

2.             The sincere milk of the word that you may grow

3.             A living stone, chosen of God, precious

4.             A chief cornerstone, elect, precious

5.             Precious

6.             A rock of offense

7.             Newborn babes, lively stones, a holy priesthood, a chosen generation, a peculiar people, a royal priesthood, an holy nation

8.             To show forth the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light

9.             We were not a people but now are the people of God, we had not obtained mercy but now have

10.         Strangers and pilgrims

11.         Honesty and by our good works

12.         Every ordnance of man

13.         Punish evil doers and praise them that do right

14.         By doing good

15.         1) Honor all men  2) love the brotherhood  3) fear God  4) Honor the king

16.         Both to the good and gentle and to the froward (harsh)

17.         1) For your fault  2) for doing good

18.         Did no sin, no guile in his mouth, when reviled he reviled not again

19.         Bore our sins in his body and by His stripes we were healed

20.         Sheep


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I Peter Chapter 3

1.             Be in subjection to your husbands

2.             The purity and reverence of their wives

3.             A gentle and quiet spirit

4.             Sarah who obeyed Abraham

5.             1) She is the weaker vessel  2) You are heirs together  3) That your prayer be not hindered

6.             Be of one mind, have compassion one for another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous

7.             Refrain from speaking evil, turn from evil, do good, seek peace

8.             His eyes are on the righteous and his ears attentive to their prayers, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil

9.             Suffering for righteousness, for doing good

10.         Always with meekness and fear (gentleness and respect NIV)

11.         He brought us to God

12.         Noah’s ark saved eight people from drowning

13.         The answer of a good conscience toward God. It saves us


I Peter Chapter 4

1.             1) Will of God  2) will of the Gentiles

2.             Lasciviousness—debauchery, Lusts, Excess of wine—drunkenness, Revellings—orgies, Banquetings—carousings, Abominable idolatries

3.             They think it is strange

4.             Sober and watchful (clearminded and self-controlled NIV)

5.             Fervent (deeply)

6.             Cover a multitude of sins

7.             Without grudging

8.             Speaking and serving, that God may be glorified

9.             Fiery trials which try us

10.         Rejoice, happy, don’t be ashamed

11.         Murder, steal, doing evil, meddling

12.         First the family of God

13.         Commit yourself to your faithful Creator


I Peter Chapter 5

1.             1) An elder  2) a witness of the suffering of Christ  3) a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed

2.             Oversight, be an example

3.             Peter was told by the Lord to feed his sheep. Now Peter is exhorting the elders to feed the flock of God

4.             Force (necessity), money, power

5.             A crown of glory that will never fade away

6.             God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves under God’s hand that He may lift you up

7.             Cast them on God for He cares for you

8.             1) Be sober  2) be vigilant   3) resist him

9.             Devour us

10.         Make you perfect, stablish, strengthen and settle you

11.         Glory and dominion for ever and ever

12.         Grace and peace


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II Peter Chapter 1

1.             A servant and apostle of Jesus Christ

2.             He says this second epistle I now write

3.             To those that have obtained like precious faith

4.             Through knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord

5.             1) All things that pertain unto life and godliness  2) Exceeding great and precious promises

6.             Divine nature

7.             1) Add virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness and charity.   2) God will multiply grace and peace

8.             You will be fruitful, you will never fall, entrance into the everlasting kingdom

9.             Spiritual blindness and forgetfulness

10.         Always, even after his death

11.         In old age

12.         When they saw Jesus transfigured on the mount

13.         The scriptures

14.         Jesus is the bright morning star

15.         Holy men of God spoke as they were m moved by the Holy Ghost


II Peter Chapter 2

1.             Damnable (destructive NIV) heresies

2.             Covetousness (greed NIV)

3.             1) He saved Noah from the flood   2) He saved Lot out of Sodom and Gomorrah

4.             Lust, presumptuous, self-willed, brute beasts, spots, blemishes, adulterous eyes, covetous, wells without water, servants of corruption, dogs returning to vomit

5.             Speak evil of dignitaries, speak evil of things they don’t understand, beguiled unstable souls, follow ways of Balaam, entice people that were clean

6.             Angels

7.             They deny the Lord that bought them, They forsook the right way and have gone astray, They had escaped the pollutions of the world

8.             He loved the wages of unrighteousness

9.             Damnation, utterly perish in their own corruption, the reward of unrighteousness, mist of darkness forever, latter end worse than the beginning, it would have been better for them not to have know

10.         Dogs, sows


II Peter Chapter 3

1.             Pure minds by way of remembrance

2.             In verse 2 he wrote about words spoken by prophets as commandments of the apostles. In verse 16 he compares Paul’s writings to other scriptures (probably reference to Old Testament)

3.             Scoffers

4.             The earth rose from the water, the flood of Noah’s day

5.             World that then was (before flood), now is (present world), and new earth

6.             One day with the Lord is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day

7.             His longsuffering, not willing that any should perish

8.             That any should perish

9.             Reserved for fire, elements shall melt, earth burned up

10.         We ought to live holy and godly lives

11.         A new heaven and new earth wherein dwells righteousness

12.         We should give diligence to be found spotless and blameless

13.         Some were hard to understand

14.         Lest you be led away in error and fall from stedfastness

15.         In grace and knowledge of Jesus

16.         To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen


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I John Chapter 1

1.             John said in his gospel “In the beginning was the word…and the word was God.  In I John he said “That which was from the beginning we have heard, seen and looked upon the word of life

2.             Heard, saw, handled the word of Life

3.             1) That you may have fellowship with us  2) That your joy may be full

4.             God is light and in Him is no darkness at all

5.             1) If we say we have fellowship with him and walk in darkness, 2) If we say that we have no sin, 3) If we say that we have not sinned

6.             Walk in the light as he is in the light

7.             If we confess our sin and walk in the light, the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin


I John Chapter 2

1.             That you sin not

2.             A lawyer who speaks in our defense

3.             For our sins and for the sins of the whole world

4.             He that says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments

5.             As he walked

6.             He that hates his brother

7.             He that loves his brother

8.             Little children (dear children, fathers, young men

9.             Not to love the world because if we love the world the love of the Father does not dwell in us. Also the world passes away

10.         1) Lust of the flesh  2) lust of the eyes  3) pride of life

11.         A liar

12.         Eternal life

13.         The anointing, truth, abiding in Him, doing righteousness

14.         Righteous


I John Chapter 3

1.             Great love

2.             Like him when he shall appear

3.             Purifies himself even as he is pure

4.             A transgression of the law

5.             To take away our sins

6.             The devil

7.             Does not commit (continue in) sin

8.             Those who do righteousness and love their brothers are of God. Those who don’t are of the devil

9.             Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous

10.         Because we love our brothers

11.         A murderer

12.         Jesus laid down his life for us

13.         With actions and in truth

14.         If our hearts condemn us not

15.         By the Spirit which he gave us


I John Chapter 4

1.             The spirits to see whether they are from God because many false prophets have gone out into the world

2.             Spirit of God—spirit of truth, Spirit of antichrist—spirit of error, (4) The spirit of antichrist

3.             27

4.             God is love

5.             God sent his only begotten Son to be the propitiation for our sins

6.             Love one another

7.             Boldness (confidence)

8.             Fear

9.             Because he first loved us

10.         A liar

I John Chapter 5

1.             We would love others whom He has begotten

2.             They are not grievous (burdensome NIV)

3.             Faith

4.             The Father, the Word and the Holy Ghost are one

5.             The spirit, the water, and the blood agree in one

6.             Life

7.             That you believe on the name of the Son of God and that you may know that you have eternal life

8.             If we ask according to His will he hears us, and that we have the petitions that we desired of him

9.             1) Sin which is not unto death  2) Sin unto death

10.         Whosoever is born of God does not continue to sin, That we are of God and the whole world lies in wickedness, That the Son of God is come and has given us understanding

11.         Jesus Christ

12.         Idols


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II John

1.             To the elect lady and her children

2.             Truth

3.             Grace, Mercy, Peace

4.             He found some of the elect lady’s children walking in truth

5.             Love one another and walk in truth

6.             A deceiver and an antichrist

7.             Whosoever transgresseth and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ

8.             Don’t receive him into your house nor bid him God speed

9.             He desired to come to them and speak face to face


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III John

1.             Gaius

2.             Prosper and be in health even as his soul prospered

3.             When brothers reported of the truth in Gaius. Also he had no greater joy than to hear his children walk in truth

4.             Walking in truth, faithful in what he did to the brethren and strangers, the charity he manifested

5.             Fellow helpers for the truth

6.             To have preeminence among them

7.             His deeds, His malicious words, He refused to receive the brethren, And forbid those who those who would and cast them out of the church

8.             He spoke well of him as did everyone

9.             In both epistles, he did not write everything that he could, hoping to see the readers face to face

10.         Greet them by name


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1.             Jude, servant of Jesus Christ, brother of James

2.             Sanctified, preserved, and called

3.             Mercy, peace, love

4.             The faith which was once delivered unto the saints

5.             Because evil men crept in unawares who turned the grace of God into lasciviousness and denied the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ

6.             Ungodly, sneaky (crept in unaware)

7.             1) Those saved out of Egypt afterwards were destroyed because of unbelief, 2) Angels which kept not their first estate (positions of authority NIV), 3) Those from Sodom and Gomorrah gave themselves over to sexual immorality and perversion

8.             1) Filthy dreamers defile the flesh—Sodom and Gomorrah, 2) Despise dominion—angels, 3)  Speak evil of dignities—those who left Egypt spoke evil of Moses

9.             Even Michael the archangel did not bring a slanderous accusation against the devil

10.         1) Speak evil of things they don’t know, v. 8 of dignities, 2) Brute beasts, v. 8 despise dominion, 3) Corrupt themselves, v. 8 defile the flesh

11.         1) Cain—did what was right in his own eyes but not God’s plan, 2) Balaam—loved the wages of unrighteousness, 3) Core (Korah)—rebelled against authority

12.         Spots, clouds without water, trees with withered fruit or without fruit, raging waves, wandering stars

13.         The Lord is coming with ten thousands of his saints, He will execute judgment upon all, He will convince all ungodly of their deeds, He will convince all ungodly of their hard speeches

14.         Murmurers, complainers, lustful, boasters, flatterers

15.         Peter

16.         Separatists (causers of division), sensual, not having the Spirit

17.         Building ourselves in the faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, wait for the mercy of Jesus

18.         On some have compassion, on others save with fear

19.         Keep you from falling, present you faultless before the presence of His glory

20.         1) Glory, 2) Majesty, 3) Dominion, 4) Power


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