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James 5:7-12 - 13th August, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read James 5:7-12.
  2. Who does James address?
  3. What are the repeated words/phrases/ideas?
  4. What commands are given?
  5. What reasons are given?
  6. Do we see anything that connects to other sections of James?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What do we learn about God?
  2. Why is it important that the readers be patient? What might be causing them to be impatient?
  3. What does it mean to "establish your hearts"?
  4. How is grumbling (or not grumbling) related to patience?
  5. What do we learn about suffering and patience when we think about the steadfastness of Job?
  6. How is verse 12 connected to the rest of the passage?
  7. What aspects (God, Man, Christ, Response) of the gospel are touched on in this passage?
    1. How does the gospel re-orient us to be patient in suffering?

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. How should we act as we wait for the Lord?
    1. How are you tempted to be impatient with the Lord and his timing?
    2. How are you tempted to grumble or be impatient with one another?
  2. Are you suffering? Are you waiting?
    1. How could you be helped by the example of the prophets?
    2. How does the Lord's character of compassion and mercy impact your waiting and your suffering?
  3. Do you ever feel like people don't believe your "yes" or your "no"?
    1. Why might this be?
    2. Why should Christians care about the impact of their words without oaths?
    3. How can you grow in truthfulness with the things you say?