Tell it to Jesus!!

A Wednesday Night study

of James 5:13 - 20

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

A Study Guide for Tonight's Study can be found

on the Church's Website under the "Bible Study" tab.

 


INTRODUCING THE TEXT

 

The ability to communicate is one of humanity’s greatest gifts.

 

Communication is part of what it means to be made in the ______________________.

 

The ability to communicate is a major step in childhood development.  Eases Frustration.

 

James has much to say about the tongue.  Some negative things:

 

         Complaining (v. 9)

 

         Swearing (v. 12)

 

Some positive things:

 

         P__________ the Gospel (v. 10)

 

         P__________ and Praising (v. 13)

 

Prayer is a privilege.  We, ordinary human beings, are invited into the presence of the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer of all things.

 

In this section, James mentions prayer 7x

 

The point:  Mature Christians P_____ in times of trouble.

 

James gives us four situations that call for prayer:

 

         Pray in times of S_________ (v. 13)

 

         Pray in times of S________ (v. 14 – 16)

 

         Pray for the N__________  (v. 17 – 18)

 

         Pray for the S___________ (v. 19 – 20) 


EXPLORING THE TEXT

 

Mature Christians Pray in S_________ (13)

 

Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. 

 

The word “Suffering” is the word used to describe suffering under difficult situations.

 

How are we to respond to difficult situations?

 

     Grumbling and Complaining?      ______

 

     Blaming God or Others?                ______

 

     P________________

 

Does prayer ALWAYS remove the suffering?

 

_____, sometimes prayer becomes the channel through which God gives us grace to endure.

 

Paul’s thorn in the flesh.

 

Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

 

God can turn our troubles into triumph through prayer.

 

We can learn to sing songs of victory even in the midst of our afflictions.

 

     Paul and Silas in jail (Acts 16)

 

We could say: when in trouble W_______, pray and sing.


Mature Christians pray for the Sick (v. 14 – 16)

 

Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up; and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective. 


(1)    Person is sick because of S______ (15b – 16) 


“If anyone is constantly sinning” v. 15


Parallel to 1 Corinthians 11:30


(2)   Person must confess their Sin (v. 16) 


Note: Church discipline


1 Corinthians 5 – remove them from the fellowship


Note: the “Therefore” (v. 16)


Person is healed by the “Prayer of Faith” (v. 15) 


Anointing does not heal. 


Anointing is S_________ of God’s presence


What is the prayer of faith? 


It is a prayer uttered with the knowledge of God’s W________


What do we do when we don’t know God’s Will?


Note: we pray as a community, not as individuals.  “Call the elders”


What dangers are involved in individual ministry at this point?

 

Notice:

 

D____________ can lead to sickness – Psalm 32

 

Sin affects the entire C___________ - Story of Achan; Story of Ananias and Sapphira. 

 

We need to C_________ sin to each other, not hide sin from each other.

 

Private sin is confessed privately.

Public sin is confessed publicly.


Mature Christians pray for the nation (v. 17 – 18)

 

Elijah was a human being like us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain and the earth yielded its harvest.

 

Elijah’s prayers released the power of God – 1 Kings 17 – 18 


Elijah’s prayers released the power of God – 1 Kings 17 – 18

 

       He prayed in faith

 

       He prayed persistently

 

       He prayed earnestly

 

He prayed and it didn’t rain; He prayed again and it rained.

 

How are we to pray today?

 


We must be people of prayer.  Prayer touches the heart of God; Prayer changes the heart of the P____________


Mature Christians pray for the Straying (v. 19 – 20)

 

My brothers and sisters, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, 20 you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save the sinner’s soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.


L_____________


P_____________


R_____________

 

How does the church respond to those who wander away, spiritually and physically?


     This idea could apply to non-believers too.

 


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