What We Know About Trials
Passage: James 1:2–1:3
In the first message in this study, we considered the message of James. This letter will show us that 1) Trials are good 2) Faith is about you live every day 3) Christianity is a public matter.
1A. TRIALS ARE TEMPTATIONS
1B. What are trials and temptations?
The key word in chapter one is the word translated trial (1:2) and temptation (1:12). Though there are two different English words used, both are from the same Greek root word peira (πεῖρα). peira (πεῖρα) – This word is a noun meaning to perforate or pierce through.
2B. How are trials temptations?
When a trial enters your life, a trial can produce something spiritually beneficial. Yet that same trial can also lead into temptation. When you resist temptation, God produces something in you.
2A. TRIALS ARE TEACHERS
1B. Lessons we need to know
2B. Lesson we need to live
3A. TRIALS ARE TESTS
1B. A test of joy
“joy” (χαρὰν, Root: χαιρω, chairo) – Joy is an inner gladness, inner rejoicing, inner delight. Joy is based on spiritual realities that are independent from circumstances.
2B. A test of faith
“faith” (πιστεύω, pisteúō ) – To believe, to have faith, to trust. The word means to be firmly persuaded.
3B. A test of patience
“patience” (μένω, Meno) – To remain, to dwell, to live.
1 Peter 1:6-9—In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, Whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy