Are You Ready?
Living Out Your Faith 3: Dependence on God’s Will
My Sermon Notes from September 13, 2020 Full Text:
雅各書 James 5:1-11
1 嗐，你們這些富足人哪，應當哭泣、號啕！因為將有苦難臨到你們身上。 2 你們的財物壞了，衣服也被蟲子咬了。 3 你們的金銀都長了鏽，那鏽要證明你們的不是，又要吃你們的肉，如同火燒。你們在這末世只知積攢錢財！ 4 工人給你們收割莊稼，你們虧欠他們的工錢，這工錢有聲音呼叫，並且那收割之人的冤聲已經入了萬軍之主的耳了。 5 你們在世上享美福，好宴樂，當宰殺的日子竟嬌養你們的心。 6 你們定了義人的罪，把他殺害，他也不抵擋你們。7 弟兄們哪，你們要忍耐，直到主來。看哪，農夫忍耐等候地裡寶貴的出產，直到得了秋雨春雨。 8 你們也當忍耐，堅固你們的心，因為主來的日子近了。 9 弟兄們，你們不要彼此埋怨，免得受審判。看哪，審判的主站在門前了！ 10 弟兄們，你們要把那先前奉主名說話的眾先知當做能受苦、能忍耐的榜樣。 11 那先前忍耐的人，我們稱他們是有福的。你們聽見過約伯的忍耐，也知道主給他的結局，明顯主是滿心憐憫、大有慈悲。
1 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. 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.
1. In what ways does James highlight the temptations you face with valuing things and devaluing people?
2. In view of Jesus’ Second Coming, how does God want us to handle wealth?
3. What does patience have to do with the stewardship of wealth?
4. In view of Jesus’ Second Coming, why should believers not grumble against one another?