Steadfast in TrialsNovember 7, 2021 / James 1:2-12
Steadfast In Trials
James challenges us to think about how we respond to trials as Christians.
Joy is different than happiness.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Trials will come, but we can have joy because of the results they can produce. Every trial can grow our faith.
God always tests us to bring out the best; Satan tempts us to bring out the worst. The testing of our faith proves that we are truly born again.
Steadfastness: fixed in direction, firm in purpose, unwavering.
We often view trials in our lives as God’s way of punishing us, when in fact, He is using trials to perfect us.
God wants you to succeed. He will provide for us the things that we need in this life.
2 Peter 1:3
James is contrasting the difference between one who is in faith with one who is in doubt.
We are all brought to an equal place under God. Rich or poor can boast not in what they have or don’t have on this earth, but in who they have become in Jesus.
As believers, we will all share in trials in this life, and we also share in the victory of the life to come.
1 Corinthians 2:9-10
Life Group Questions:
- In this message, joy was differentiated from happiness. Can you describe the differences? Why did James insist that we can have joy while being tested by trials?
- How do trials help us grow in our spiritual maturity?
- What should be the natural response of a Christian who finds themself in a trial? (see v5) Is this your usual response, or do you instead ask God to deliver you from the trial?
- How does an eternal perspective help us when we find ourselves in trials?
Notes: Warren Wiersbe. Bible Exposition Commentary. James: Turning Trials into Triumphs. ↑