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in James

James 5:13-20 - 20th August, 2021

OBSERVATION
What does it say?

  1. Read James 5:13-20.
  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?
  7. What does this text teach us about God and how he works in the world?

INTERPRETATION
What does it mean?

  1. What are some common ways that people respond to suffering?
    1. How should Christians respond?
    2. If we are suffering, what should we pray for?
  2. Why is it important for Christians to sing praise in their cheerfulness?
    1. What does it say about our hearts if we do not praise God when we are joyful?
  3. What is the prayer of faith in verse 15?
    1. Whose faith is being described, the faith of the sick person or the faith of the one praying? 
    2. What do you think it means that this prayer will "save the one who is sick"? (physical healing, spiritual salvation, both, or something else?)
  4. Healing, when it comes, is always a gift from God. Why might God choose not to heal someone?
    1. Why does James give us the example of Elijah?
  5. Is verse 19 talking about a believer or a non-believer?
    1. What does it mean to "bring back a sinner from his wandering"? (cross-reference Matthew 18:15-20)

APPLICATION
How should it change us?

  1. Are you suffering? Pray!
    1. What would it look like to be faithful in praying through your suffering?
    2. Are there other people in your life who are suffering? What can you ask God for on their behalf?
  2. Are you cheerful? Sing praise!
    1. What are some ways things that have made you happy this week? How can you praise God for those things?
  3. Are you sick? 
    1. Have you ever called the elders of the church while you were sick? Why or why not?
    2. Is there sin in your life that you need to confess? Is there someone in your life that you can regularly confess to?
      1. God promises healing and forgiveness if we confess our sins to one another and pray for one another.
  4. Do you know someone who is wandering from the truth?
    1. How might God be able to use you to bring them back?
    2. Church members have a special obligation to their local assembly. If someone in your church was wandering, would you know?
in James

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?

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