In This Series
- Trouble in the Forecast
- Something Desperately Needed
- Dangerously Deceiving
- Diligence Required
- Superficiality Condemned
- A Word of Caution
- Clearing Up the Confusion
- It’s So Very Dangerous
- What Do You Want The Most?
- Misdirected Passion
- Spiritual Adultery!
- A Fresh Stirring
- Practical Atheism
- Derailing Your Purpose in Life
- Perhaps Today!
- What Do You Do?
- Utmost Importance
- Our Common Ministry
Let’s Get Real! (18)
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment.
Take Away / Application
James points forward to Jesus coming again to right every wrong—a time when our Savior will return to gather the faithful and judge those who do not acknowledge him. And until this time comes, Christians are left with the call to persevere in both our faith and our deeds.
Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your group or branch off with additional questions as the discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have group members figure things out together.
- Your attitude defines your actions. How have you seen this play out in your life, good or bad?
- In Chapter 5 James is writing to those who are oppressed and going through difficult circumstances. When going through difficult moments, it’s tempting for us at times to wonder if God really sees us. Read Psalm 139:1–18. What truth do you learn from these verses?
- Read James 5:7–9. James points forward to a time when God will set everything right—a time when Jesus will return to set everything right. How often do you think about Jesus coming again? How does the reality that Jesus will return impact you (excited, encouraging, scared, anxious, etc.)?
- James 5:8 commands Christians to “establish their hearts.” Pastor Harrell shared three keys to a strong heart. Review those three keys from your notes. Which key is the easiest for you? Which key is the most difficult for you to carry out?
- Read James 5:12. What difficulties do you have in letting your “yes’ be “yes” and your “no” be “no”?
- Read Matthew 12:35–37. How does the reality that you’ll face your words again impact how you’ll speak this week?
- Read Colossians 3:1–2. What things in your life tend to distract you from keeping your eyes focused on Jesus? As you approach the upcoming weeks and months, how can you better live out setting your affections on things above?
- Memory verse, Psalm 119:11 – “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.”