IN REFLECTION

James 1:5-8 shows us that genuine faith is expressed by seeking God as the source of true wisdom. When trials come, James exhorts us to ask God for help, and assures us that God delights to give wisdom out of his abundance. But this offer comes with a warning: those who are double minded and lack true faith do not have this hope. Let's seek wisdom from God this week with a whole-hearted faith, expecting him to provide as we read his word and fellowship with his people.

Listen to Faith-Filled Asking for Wisdom

PREPARING TO HEAR

This week take a few minutes to read James 1:9-12. Pray for insight, an open heart, and that God would shape our perspective on life and wealth. Consider the following questions:

  • James contrasts "lowly" with "rich." Are there non-economic ways people may fall into the category of "lowly" in our cultural context?
  • What does it mean to "boast" in either exaltation or humiliation?
  • What is the connection between endurance and love in v12?
  • What perspectives or pursuits in your life need to change in light of these truths?

Please pray for the preparation of the sermon, for prepared hearts, and for God to be glorified in the hearing and doing of the word.

PREPARING TO SING

Below are the songs we will be singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.