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!
Let’s Get Real! (11)
Sunday, April 08, 2018
Trouble in the Forecast
James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings. My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Take Away / Application
- My Christian faith is to have an impact on my daily behavior.
- God uses trials to build us and produce a faith that impacts the world around us.
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 discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have group members figure things out together.
- Of the four things about James, what stood out to you and why? [Half-Brother, Was not a believer during Jesus’ ministry, He became a believer after the resurrection, He never refers to himself as Jesus’ brother.]
- The Greek word translated “servant” means both a “slave,” who completely belongs to the owner and has no freedom to leave; and a “servant,” who willingly chooses to serve the master. The servant gives absolute obedience, total surrender and complete loyalty to the master. How does this definition of “servant” help you understand a Christian’s relationship to God?
- Does your Christian faith affect your daily behavior? What affect did it have this week? Share.
- Read James 1:1–2. Life is full of trials, temptations, and suffering. How have the trials that you have experienced brought you closer to (or pushed you further away) from God?
- Discuss the difference between a trial and a temptation.
- Trials either build us or break us. Do you trust God only when things are going well? Does the trial change how or who God is?
- Have you come through a trial and realized how God has used that in your life? Share with the group. What are the external trials and pressures that you are currently facing? How are they affecting your faith?
- Describe a time when your faith has been tested. How did that time grow your faith in God?
- How would you describe to someone the relationship between faith and works?
- Your Christian faith is to have an impact on your daily behavior. Is there anything in your life that needs to change to make this happen? Before you answers, think…Would other people have a better idea of who God is because of what they see in my life? Do people see anything that would cause them to question God’s character, love, and goodness?