Life Group Discussion Guide
James/Week of October 13th
Big Idea: The lives of the prophets were filled with suffering that ultimately yielded a harvest of salvation. James talks specifically about Job, but we could point to Jeremiah being put into stocks, the prophets in the time of Elijah being killed by the sword, etc. It is not about worldly prosperity… that is not the sign of the favor of God. Sometimes we have to sow with suffering and when we do, we can rejoice for we are planting a field of salvation with Jesus.
“Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.”
1. Tell a time you didn’t respond well to suffering.
2. When have you witnessed someone being patient in the midst of suffering?
3. Tell about a time that you experienced suffering and it turned out for good.
If you’re not already in life transforming small group consider joining one. Think of someone who is in a difficult situation and needs to experience joy, and then invite that person to life group/Bible Study, Sunday School. Last, begin planning and praying about joining or leading a Life Group that will focus your life toward choosing joy.
Thank God for embedding joy in your life. Ask Him to give you a vision of joyful life beyond the circumstances. Ask God to replace every fear with joy and every doubt with the certainty of His promise to work everything out according to His will.