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Message Notes and Question August 2nd

James: Faith in the Real World

Genuine Community

Pastor Bill West

August 2, 2020

 

Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he 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 man is powerful and effective.Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins. (James 5:13-20)

Praying Place

Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. (James 5:13-15)

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” (Romans 12:15)

When do we pray?

 

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Safe Place

 Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. (James 5:16)

 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

 

“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23–24)

 

 Caring Place

 

My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins. (James 5:19-20)

 

 

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (1 Peter 4:8)

 

 

Bottom Line:

We Need Each Other!

 

 

***Discussion Questions***

  1. Describe what the community was like where you grew up. Do you think people were more willing to help each other out then or now?

 

  1. When people come to church, what do you think they are looking for?

 

  1. Read James 5:13-15: Prayer is a mark of a genuine community of faith. What are the times we should pray from these verses?

 

  1. Share ways that you have seen God answer prayer when you were in trouble? …when you were sick?

 

  1. Read Romans 12:15: How well does your group follow this verse? Why is it important to do both? Which one do you find easier to do?

 

  1. Read James 5:16: How does confession of sin fit into all of this?  Do you have a safe place/person/group to confess your sin?  Why do you think James brings this up?

 

  1. Read James 5:17-18: Why do you think James brings up the example of Elijah?

 

  1. Read James 5:19-20: Has there ever been a time when someone pursued you when you were straying? Have you ever pursued someone when they were straying? Why is this so challenging to us?

 

  1. How would you rate your small group when it comes to Prayer-Safety-Caring? How would you rate our church?

 

  1. Share ways that you can pray and support each other this week.

 

  1. Pray for each other.