James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:
2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
9 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
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- Two key themes of the book of James are faith and works or as Todd says faith that works.
- How would you define faith? What is faith? Is faith something that only happens internally in believers?
- Do you see a conflict in the ideas of faith and works?
- Christians often struggle with living out their Sunday-faith on Monday in the marketplace. If your faith is meant to be made public or faith is to be lived out, where and how can you work out your faith tomorrow at work?
- How have you seen God use a trial in your life to produce fruit in you or to conform you more into his image?
- Charles Spurgeon has this quote about trials and suffering, “I kiss the waves that send me crashing into the rock of ages.” What does he mean? How does this idea apply to your life?
- We all face trials. How have you learned to endure hardships?
- Read verse 5. What is a good working definition of wisdom?
- Have you ever spent time asking God for wisdom?
- How do you feel knowing that God is willing to give you ask much as you ask for?
- Do you think you struggle with doubt when you pray?
- Is your doubt believing that God cannot do it, is your doubt that God would not do it for you, or you do not think God would do it for you because you do not live good enough?
- Take a second and work through these three types of doubt listed above and work out why each of these ideas are faulty.
- Do you think you struggle to pray big prayers?