Sermon Notes and Small Group Questions
Fruit of the Spirit
Patience, January 31, 2021
James 5:7-16 and Mark 13:30-34
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. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 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. 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. Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned. Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.
Patience of the Prophets
Patience of Job
When in Trouble—Pray! Pray first!
God wants to hear from you. It’s NEVER too small/trivial for God.
Small Group Questions
- Read James 5:7-9, James seems to implore believers that Jesus coming is near. Was he correct? Why or why not? What do you think is meant by, “The Judge is standing at the door”.
- Read Mark 13:30-33, why do you think this scripture tells us that not even Jesus knows the time of His return? What should we “Be on guard? Be alert!” for?
- Read James 5:10-11, why do you think James would use the prophets as an example of patience? Can you think of any prophets who would show a good example of patience in their lifetime?
- Would you consider Job’s life successful by modern standards? What are some things we can learn about how Job dealt with severe trials? If you were Job, would you change anything about how you would deal with the same trials he faced?
- Read James 5:12-16, the bible states in Romans 3:23 and Psalms 14:1-3 that there are no righteous people but in James 5:16 it talks about the prayer of a righteous person, how can we rectify these seemingly contradictory statements in scripture? Why do you think James tells us to confess our sins each other as part of being healed?
- Is there anyone or anything in your life that you need to be patient with? Considering the passage in James, what are some specific steps to follow?