James – Session 1(James 1:1-11)

Our Difficulties

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, [3] for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. [4] 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:

Greetings.

[2] Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, [3] for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. [4] And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

[5] If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. [6] 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. [7] For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; [8] he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

[9] Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, [10] and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. [11] 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.