JAMES 5

3 Outlines

 

James 5:1-6

THE DANGERS OF PROSPERITY

 

Most people would like to be richer than they are. We don't like struggling to make a living. There is no sin in being rich, although the Bible does warn us against the "love of money" (1 Timothy 6:10). The Bible also warns us of the dangers than accompany wealth.

 

FUTURE MISERIES - Vs. 1

James is calling the unsaved rich to repentance before it is too late.

 

FALSE SECUTITY - Vss. 2-3

The unsaved rich put their trust in their riches. Gold and silver do not exactly rust (canker), but there will be a day when they will be useless. Matthew 6:19-21

 

FAULTY BUSINESS PRACTICES - Vs. 4

When money is the goal of your life it is easy to forget principles. In this verse the example of a rich man cheating his employees is used. Leviticus 19:13, Proverbs 3:27

 

FOOLISH PLEASURES - Vs. 5

Look at some of the high-priced athletes who are loaded with money. They squander money on foolish pleasure, because they have the money. Also see Luke 12:16-21

Being rich toward God is more important than pleasure. Matthew 6:28-33

 

FRAMING THE INNOCENT - Vs. 6

Those who desire money, power and pleasure will stop at nothing to get what they want. An example is the story of Ahab and Naboth found in 1 Kings 21.

 

 

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James 5:13-18

IT'S TIME TO PRAY!

 

THE PATTERN FOR PRAYER - Vss. 13-16a

Many people carry penknives in their pockets. The penknife has many uses. It can punch a hole, make a slice, trim a piece of wood, cut a rope or string. Those who have penknives can find innumerable uses for them.

 

Prayer is like a penknife. It is helpful in so many different ways.

There are different prayer patterns for different situations.

If a person is afflicted, he is to pray. Vs. 13

If a person is happy or merry, he is to praise ("sing psalms"). Vs. 14

If he is sick he is to call for the church leaders to come, pray, confess and anoint. Vss. 14-16a

 

THE PROMISE OF ANSWERED PRAYER - Vs. 16b

 

THE PROTOTYPE (MODEL) OF A PRAYER WARRIOR - Vss. 17-18

 

 

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James 5:16-18

THE PROCESS OF PRAYER

 

CONFESS YOUR FAULTS - "Confess you faults one to another..." - Of course, we first confess our sins to God, privately, according to 1 John 1:9. There are times, however, in group prayer that we admit our faults to each other.

 

COMMIT YOUR FRIENDS - "...and pray one for another, that ye may be healed."

 

CONTINUE IN FAITHFULNESS - "The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."

 

COPY ELIJAH'S EXAMPLE - Vss. 17-18

 

 

 

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