This Sunday we will be discussing, studying and learning from James 5:1-12. I encourage you to read the scripture, several times between now and Sunday. Think about it, pray about it, meditate on it. As you read think about these questions:
What does this passage mean to and for me? What does this passage mean to and for New Hope UM Church? What do I do with the scripture? How do I put this into practice? How will my life change? What do we as New Hope UM Church do with this passage? How do we, as the church, put this into practice?
Also, what questions, answers, comments, thoughts, struggles do you have about this passage? What words or phrases stick out to you? How is God speaking to you through this passage?
Here is the scripture (James 5:1-12):
Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. 4 Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. 5 You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.[a] 6 You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.
7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
12 Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.
We will discuss all this on Sunday, and we have two different worship opportunities on Sunday morning; 9:00 a.m. Casual Traditional worship and 11:00 a.m. Contemporary worship.
I hope to see you Sunday!