James 1:2-8 ESV
- Circumstances in our life can either be trials or temptations depending on how we react to them. What are the trials that we can face as Christians? How do we react so that they are trials? How do we react so that they are temptations?
- Why does God test our faith? How is the testing of our faith beneficial to our walk with God?
- What are some biblical examples of trials that resulted in steadfastness? What are some biblical examples of trials that ended in temptation?
- Why is it hard for us to consider trials joyous?
- How do we define steadfastness? How do we live out steadfastness in our lives?
- What is the goal of trials? What is the goal of steadfastness? How are we to understand that James calls us to “be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing?” (James 1:4 ESV) How are we to be perfect? How can we be complete?
- What kind of wisdom do you think that James is telling us to ask for? Why do we not often ask God for wisdom?
- How does God differ in his giving from how we ask? How can we work to be people who ask in faith?
Family Worship Questions
- Read James 1:2-8 and discuss:
- Sometimes things happen to Christians that are confusing, scary, hard, or unexpected. How do these things “test” our faith in Jesus Christ? (vv. 2,3)
- How do these tests and trials change us as Christians? How do they change us as a family? (vv. 3,4)
- How should Christians approach difficult and trying times? Are we alone? (vv. 5-8)
- Have you ever wondered whether or not the Lord will help you in difficult times? Why does James say this is a problem (vv. 7,8)? What is James’ solution, and what does he say our attitude should be? (vv. 5,6).
- Sing: Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus