1. We began by talking about 4 types of suffering & having patience in suffering.
A: 4 different types of suffering were mentioned: suffering due to our own sin, suffering due to the fall of man, suffering due to the sin of others, & suffering due to following Christ. Of these 4 types, which do you most easily relate to right now? Which is these is the hardest for you to relate to at the moment?
B: In v. 7-8, James talks about being patient in suffering. Who are examples of being patience in the midst of suffering that come to your mind? How was their patience in suffering honoring to the Lord?
C: In what ways can we demonstrate patience in suffering in our own lives, either right now or down the road?
2. We then looked at 6 encouragements that enable believers to be long-tempered in suffering in v. 7-11.
A: In v. 7-8, we see James talk about the soon & sure return of Jesus Christ. How can the return of Christ give us encouragement to be faithful to the Lord & long-tempered in suffering?
B: In v. 9, we read about the rewards that are for those in Christ. What happens when you move from viewing things from a short-term perspective and instead begin to look at things from an eternal perspective?
C: In v. 10, the Lord’s prophets give us encouragement to remain patient. Which of the prophets & their faithfulness to the Lord in the middle of struggle provides you the most encouragement? How can you grow in your knowledge of God’s Word to better know the accounts of the prophets?
D: In v. 11, we see that the Lord’s favor is experienced by those who remain steadfast. Pastor Nate talked about how in difficult moments it leads us to depend on Christ…which leads to growth in grace. How have you seen this to be true in your life or in others?
E: Job is mentioned in v. 11 as an example of the outcome of obedience in difficulty. READ JOB 1:22. What are the outcomes of Job’s faith through the book of Job?
F: Finally, we saw that God’s compassion & mercy are on display in moments of suffering. How does the gospel teach us that it is true: God is both compassionate (giving us what we don’t deserve) & merciful (not giving us what we do deserve)?