Title: Trials of Faith
Text: James 1:1-11
Theme: God WILL test your faith in Christ.
- What adversity ____________, vv. 2-4
- James calls us to view troubles in terms of the harvest they produce.
- We’re to bear in mind God will bring from our adversity a harvest of good.
- What adversity ____________, vv. 5-8.
- We often lack discernment and know-how for handling our troubles.
- He who authors our tests promises to give answers as many times as we ask, providing we trust Him to answer, trust His answer, and act on it, vv 6-7.
- What adversity ____________, vv. 9-11
- It reveals what are true riches and poverty.
- Adversity is God’s grace to Christians of worldly means and power.
Questions for Further Reflection:
- Why does adversity seem so counterintuitive to immature Christians? What do they expect instead?
- What does James choice of “when” rather than “if” tell us about trials and the Christian life, v. 2?
- What does James say is the “bright side”, the joyful outcome, of having our faith tested repeatedly? Vv. 2-4. Can you give a personal example of this?
- How does knowing we don’t know how to handle troubles give us an advantage? How does knowing where to find out the how, advantage us?
- Unbelief says, I’ll believe it when I see it. True faith says, I’ll see it when I believe it. Which of these describes the spiritual posture in which God awards the know-how for bearing up under testing? Vv. 5-8.
- What does God promise the humble, which gives them cause to boast in the Lord? Hint: Luke 14:11; 18:14; James 4:6; I Peter 5:5-6. Would James reckon average western Christians be rich or the humble lowly?