James – Session 1(James 1:1-11)
James gets right to the point as he begins his letter. He briefly greets his audience and then immediately pivots to his first topic: trials. He urges his readers to count it all joy when they meet trials of various kinds. Why? How are we supposed to understand these sufferings?
The Study: Here are a few questions to think though as you prepare for this Sunday:
- What is the sequence of development that should follow from trials? (1:2-4)
- What is the end goal of these sufferings? (1:4)
- How are we supposed to go about seeking wisdom? (1:5)
- What does a person without faith look like? (1:6-8)
- Who is being compared in 1:9-11?
- Do you think James is hard on the rich person in 1:9-11? Why or why not?
As the Lord leads, read through James 1. Mediate and think through these questions on James 1:11. The memory verse for this week is James 1:2-4.
The Memory Verse: James 1:2-4, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,  for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
The Passage: James 1:1-11 (ESV)
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:
 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,  for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.  But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.  For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;  he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation,  and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away.  For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.