What does it say?
- Read James 5:7-12.
- Who does James address?
- What are the repeated words/phrases/ideas?
- What commands are given?
- What reasons are given?
- Do we see anything that connects to other sections of James?
What does it mean?
- What do we learn about God?
- Why is it important that the readers be patient? What might be causing them to be impatient?
- What does it mean to "establish your hearts"?
- How is grumbling (or not grumbling) related to patience?
- What do we learn about suffering and patience when we think about the steadfastness of Job?
- How is verse 12 connected to the rest of the passage?
- What aspects (God, Man, Christ, Response) of the gospel are touched on in this passage?
- How does the gospel re-orient us to be patient in suffering?
How should it change us?
- How should we act as we wait for the Lord?
- How are you tempted to be impatient with the Lord and his timing?
- How are you tempted to grumble or be impatient with one another?
- Are you suffering? Are you waiting?
- How could you be helped by the example of the prophets?
- How does the Lord's character of compassion and mercy impact your waiting and your suffering?
- Do you ever feel like people don't believe your "yes" or your "no"?
- Why might this be?
- Why should Christians care about the impact of their words without oaths?
- How can you grow in truthfulness with the things you say?