JAMES 1:1-4

James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,

To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:

Greetings.

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

Questions for James 1:1-4:

  • What trials might you be facing now in your life?
  • What is your common response to trials? Faith? Hope? Resentment? Anger? Escape? Etc.
  • Do you respond better to some kinds of trials rather than others? Does that give you any insight into your values and beliefs?
  • How does your response to trials affect those around you?
  • In what kinds of trials or situations should Christians give up hope? Why? What are the implications of this answer for you?
  • Is the term “slave of Christ” hard to swallow? Do you see any other kind of servitude in your life?
  • In what areas is it hard for you to trust that Jesus is good and powerful?
  • Why are we sometimes slow to apply faith to difficult situations?
  • Why is faith-filled endurance difficult during long trials? How does this passage speak to that?
  • Have you seen God use trials in your life to make you more mature, more whole?
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