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Dear Leader

I look forward to seeing you tonight at our Leaders Meeting. Remember soup and bread will be served from 7pm.

On Sunday Pastor John started a series on The book of James - A guide to practical living! I believe that this series is going to have a profound impact on our lives as leaders, and on our Life Group members. So let's allow the Holy Spirit to challenge us and change us ... and let's be praying for significant Bible study in the Life Groups and for the Holy Spirit to bring about Changed Lives!

Welcome and Opening Prayer

Icebreaker
James was Jesus's younger brother, what do you think it must have been like growing up with Jesus?

Worship
A time of worship is very significant. When choosing songs try include a few that people know really well, then they can close their eyes and worship deeply.

Theme – Putting your faith to work

Context
The author is James, the brother of Jesus. He was writing to Jewish believers who were scatters abroad. Peter was the key leader in the Church in Jerusalem. When he began to minister elsewhere, James emerged as a leader in the Jerusalem Church. He was a good man, had a good reputation and led the Church for 20 years. Eventually he was martyred for his faith.

The Book of James is full of wisdom on how to become more mature as Christians. It is a challenge to live lives that honour God in line with Biblical principles.

Scripture Reading
James 1:1-11

1. Trials and testing will come, but know they are there to make you complete

James 1:2-4

There is a natural desire to run away from trials and testing, to seek a life of ease. But trials and testings are there to mature us and help us develop patience and perseverance. We can choose to see trials and testing as something terrible or as something beneficial.

Quotes:
It's not so much what happens to you in life, but how you respond to it that matters.
Life is 10 percent what happens to you, and 90 percent how you respond to it.

In Acts 5 the disciples are beaten for preaching the Gospel, but instead of complaining they rejoice at being found worthy of suffering for Christ.

We need to see trials and testing in a new light. To count them as all joy. So that we can become perfect and complete not lacking anything.

Discussion 1: Share a testimony of a trial that you have been through in your life where you can see God's hand at work and where you have grown spiritually because of the trial?

2. We can turn to God for heavenly wisdom much like we turn to Google for earthly info.

It has become order of the day to use Google all the time. It is a habit for most of us. Let's make it a habit to ask God for wisdom. Whenever we don't know what to do we should ask the Lord for wisdom.

James 1:5 'If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.'

Discussion 2: How many of you are going through a trial presently? What is your attitude towards your trial at the moment? Have you asked the Lord for wisdom?

3. Ask confidently in faith.

James 1:6-8

When we pray to the Lord, we should approach Him:
- with confidence
- without allowing doubt

As Beth Moore quotes, we need to 'Believe that God is who He says He is and that He can do what He says He can do.'

When we have a divided mind we are vacillating between trusting God and keeping our options open. James is saying that this is not the way a true believer lives. We should believe and not doubt.

Read Psalm 112:6-7 AMPC

Discussion 3: How can focusing on God's power and love and goodness, help us to approach Him with confidence and pray to Him with faith?

4. Don't glory in riches, glory in knowing God.
James 1:9-10 AMP (Also in the Voice translation)

Theologian - We find true wealth by developing our spiritual lives not our financial assets.

There is nothing wrong with developing your financial assets as the Bible says the wise man leaves an inheritance for his children's children. Bur God is looking at our hearts. God views riches in a very different way to the way society exalts riches. To God riches are a means to an end and not an end in themselves. Earthly riches are destined to pass away.

Matthew 6:33

To be a Biblical Christian don't let money impress you, don't value rich people more than those who have less.

Jeremiah 9:23-24

Discussion 4: How do you view wealth ... Are you hotly pursuing it? Has wealth and mammon got your heart?

Prayer Time
Pray for one another. You may want to break into groups of 3 or 4.

Kind regards

Bruce Taylor
Pastoral Support - Life Groups

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