We’re at the final week of our study in James!! I’m a bit late in the video and post but here we go!
IN THE COMMENTS BELOW, SHARE THE FOLLOWING –
- Your 5 takeaways from your reading of the text.
WEEK EIGHT STUDY & APPLICATION Q’S
1. According to 5:13, what should be our automatic response to both good times and bad?
2. What kinds of things should we pray for during tough times?
3. Why should we sing praises during times of joy?
4. What do you think is the connection between forgiveness of sins and healing in 5:14, 15?
5. Why does James specifically use the term “prayer of faith” in 5:15 (ESV)? Refer to James 1:6 to help with your answer.
6. Does sin always cause illness? Why or why not?
7. Read Mark 2:1-12. Compare this story with 5:15. Why was Jesus’ reaction to their faith to forgive the paralytic’s sin and not heal his infirmity? What conclusion can be drawn in regards to faith and the healing of the soul as well as the body?
1. Are you quick to pray when you face trials or do you start complaining or blaming God?
2. Do you remember to praise God in the good times or do you forget Him in times of peace and joy?
3. Do you think that a faithful prayer guarantees healing every time? Why or why not?
4. Do you expect God to answer your prayers the way you want them to be answered or do you trust Him to answer according to His will?
5. Do you pay more attention to your physical well being than your spiritual well being? In what ways can you be more balanced and holistic in how you take care of yourself and those around you?
1. Why is there a connection between confessing “trespasses” (NKJV) and healing in 5:16?
2. Does James mean that we have to tell our brothers and sisters in Christ all our known and unknown sins? Why or why not?
3. Make a list of sins that should be confessed to one another.
4. Make a list of sins that don’t need to be shared with others.
5. Why is the prayer of a righteous person so effective?
6. Why does James point out that Elijah had a nature just like ours in 5:17? What is the implication for us?
7. What truth is James referring to in 5:19?
8. Why is it so important for believers to bring those who have left the faith back to Jesus?
9. In the context of what James has said about trials and steadfastness, what can be implied with his statement about someone wandering away or leaving the faith?
1. Are there sins that you have committed against someone that you need to confess and ask forgiveness for?
2. Do you think you have faith like Elijah? Why or why not?
3. Take a few moments to evaluate your prayer life:
• Do you pray daily or just when you think of it or feel like it?
• Do you praise and give honor and glory to God for who He is?
• Do you pray for your family and friends?
• Are your prayers selfish?
• Do you make your requests in faith or do you doubt that God will care to answer?
• Are you truly repentant of your sins and do you ask forgiveness and the strength to keep from committing the same sins again?
4. Are there people in your life who have wandered from the faith? How do you treat them? What are ways you can lovingly show Christ to them and draw them back to the truth?
THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHT VERSE –
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16 NKJV