A study of the book of James


  • Is it harder to go through tough times for yourself, or watch someone you love go through hard times?

Going deeper

  • In light of this week’s sermon, what was new information, challenged, or stood out to you?

Read James 1: 1-18

  • How is it possible to rejoice in difficult circumstances?
  • What does “overcoming” mean to you?
    • Is it about passive acceptance?
    • Or is it about an active attempt?
    • Why?
  • Does wisdom here imply exceptional knowledge or moral insight?
  • What is the big challenge here to Christians facing doubt?
  • As a believer, what are we to do with doubt?
    • Are we to express it?
    • Are we to suppress it?
    • Why or why not?
  • In your opinion, what would a brother in humble circumstances have to take pride in?
  • What is low about a rich man’s position?
  • What is the practical difference between trials and temptations?
  • How do you go about resisting temptation?


  • When have you felt like giving up:
    • In marriage?
    • In parenting?
    • At work?
  • What kind of pain is the hardest for you to endure:
    • Physical suffering or emotional loss?
  • What sustains you most in times of stress and trial?
  • What is a “good and perfect gift” that you are thankful for?


  • Download and complete the Spiritual Growth Assessment. 
  • In order to develop a spiritual growth plan, you must first discover where you are.
  • Bring to your next group and discuss.
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