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James 5:11-20

Kevin Finkenbinder

James 5:11-20

James 5:10-11

“Those” in verse 11 refers back to the prophets in verse 10.

  1. What does it mean to be blessed?
  2. Why do we count prophets as blessed who endured?
  3. What have you seen someone endure that made you see them as blessed?

James 5:12

5 U.S. Code § 3331.Oath of office: 

An individual, except the President, elected or appointed to an office of honor or profit in the civil service or uniformed services, shall take the following oath: “I, AB, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” 

Read Matthew 5:33-37

  1. Is it wrong for a Christian to state this oath? Why or why not?
  2. If this is not prohibited by God, what kind of oath is God prohibiting?

James 5:13-16a

  1. What should be our response to suffering?
  2. What should be our expression of cheer?
  3. What should be our action when we are sick?
  4. How are sins related to sickness?
  5. If sin is related to sickness, then is confessing appropriate to healing?
  6. How is confessing connected to praying for each other?

James 5:16b-18

  1. In what context is effective prayer mentioned? (verse 16a)

Read 1 Kings 17:1; 18:1; 18:36-39

  1. What made Elijah’s prayers effective?

James 5:19-20

  1. How do we turn someone back to the truth? What should we not do?