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Bible Study Notes

James 5 - "Be patient Jesus is coming"

James 5


“Be Patient- Jesus is Coming!”


Verse 1- Come now, you rich, weep and how l for your miseries that are coming upon you! 


-Does God condemn wealth?

-What is the heart issue that James is addressing here?

-Discuss what Mark 8:36 says about this…


Verse 2- Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. 3- Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. 


-Discuss your understanding of this verse and how it applies to us…


Verse 4- Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers

have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. 


-Have you ever been cheated by someone, and if so how did you feel?

-Have you ever cheated someone in order to gain for yourself?

-What application can we make of this verse?


Verse 5- You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. 6- You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.


-James warns those that have been scamming and ripping people off- He says “you’ve made your wealth by dishonest gain”

And he likened them to the “fattened calf”

What fate does the fattened calf have?


Verse 7- Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. 8- You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.


-What can we learn about the patience of the farmer?

-How does the culture that we are living in struggle with having patience?

-The word for “patient” here means to be temperate.

How can we apply this verse in our life?


Verse 9- Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! 


-How does grumbling help in the conflicts and stress of life?

-What can we do other than grumble and complain in times of conflict?


Verse 10- My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. 11- Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.


-First James looks to the farmer for their patience, and faith, and perseverance, and now he refers to the prophets of old.

How did the prophets of old suffer patience and what can we learn from their example?


Verse 12- But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment.


-When James says “don’t swear” - he’s talking about when you have to swear because someone doesn’t believe you.

What type of a testimony are we leaving for others- are we faithful to what we say we’re going to do?

-Discuss your thoughts and the application for us here…

Verse 13- Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14- Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 


-What are we to do with our mouth when we find ourselves on both ends of the extreme?

-What are we to do if were sick?


Verse 15- And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 


-Discuss the example of faithful friends found in (Matthew 9:1-8; Mark2:1-12) and how it relates to this Verse…


Verse 16- Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17- Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18- And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.


-What good does prayer do in the fellowship and community of believers?

-Remember that James is the author of this book, and when it comes to prayer (James had the nickname of “Camel Knees”) this is how much time James spent in prayer (that his knees were full of callouses)

If you had a spiritual nickname what would it be?

-What does it mean to avail much?


Verse 19- Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20- let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.


-How can we apply this verse in our life?

-How has this study ministered to you?