James: Week 10

November 11, 2022 | Tracy Troxel

James 5:1-12

  • James takes unscrupulous wealthy people to task. James is not condemning wealthy people. He is condemning the wealthy people who oppress the poor.
  • What are the dangers for wealthy people who have great power?
  • How does the coming of the Lord help us in our present spiritual condition? How would the coming of Jesus help us if we are being oppressed by powerful and wealthy people?
  • Why is grumbling against people such a destructive practice?
  • Why should we value endurance as a spiritual quality to exhibit?
  • Why don’t we want to have endurance?

1 Timothy 6:6-11, 17-19

  • How can contentment keep us from putting our trust in wealth?
  • Why is the desire to be wealthy a potentially dangerous pursuit?
  • How does generosity help remedy our fixation on unhealthy wealth pursuits?

Psalm 37

  • One of the great mysteries of life is that evil and powerful people seem to flourish while good poor believers seem to languish under the injustice of life.
  • How does Psalm 37 answer these questions?
  • What did you find encouraging in the Psalm for yourself?

Matthew 6:19-24

  • What investment strategy does Jesus encourage us to make in our daily life?
  • Do you sense that sometimes you are double-minded, that you serve Christ and then material possessions?

James 5:13-20

  • Read this text in advance for the sermon on November 20.