Study 11 of 13 on The Book of James
“There were two rains that were essential to a farmer in that region of Judea. The first rain watered the seeds and seedlings…the second came in later and irrigated the crops and provided for a better harvest. In between it was the farmer that found ways to provide nourishment and protection for his crops. We are called farmers in this Gospel harvest…but to be that we need to know how to act…how to put faith into action.” –Falvo Fowler
Scriptural Basis: Luke 7:39–50; Rom. 13:11; 1 Cor. 3:13; Col. 4:6; James 5:7–12. Key Text: “You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand” (James 5:8, NKJV).
1. In his epistle James refers to the latter rain (5:7). Why do you think he uses this image in connection with the coming of the Lord? 2. What should distinguishing the wheat from the tares only at harvest time (Matt. 13:28–30) tell us about church discipline? 3. What does James mean when he says “establish your hearts”? (5:8, NKJV). 4. What can we learn, in practical terms, about godly patience from the story of Job? 5. According to James, how are we to respond to the corruption we see in the world? 6. As we wait for the Lord’s return, what are practical, positive ways we can encourage and uplift others?