James 5:10-11 | Dr. Stephen Conley

Faith and Perseverance Through Suffering

Perseverance Through Suffering Exemplified in the Prophets (vs. 10-11a)

  • They obeyed God’s call to proclaim His Word
  • They waited for God’s purposes to come to pass
  • They persevered through suffering with a Godward focus
  • Lesson Learned: Our suffering has a God-ordained purpose

Perseverance Through Suffering Illustrated in Job (vs. 11b)

  • Job sought to worship and obey God
  • Job endured the loss of everything he held dear
  • Job’s man-centered perspective was changed to a Godward focus
  • Lesson Learned: Our suffering invokes a merciful God to act in love

Perseverance Through Suffering Demonstrated Through Jesus Christ

  • Isaiah 53:3-6: Jesus suffered for us, carried our griefs and sorrows, and was put to death for our redemption.
  • 1 Peter 2:21-25: Christ’s suffering left an example for us to follow. He died for our sins so that we could die to sin and live to righteousness.
  • Hebrews 12:1-3: We are called to look to Jesus who begins and completes our faith. When we consider Christ’s perseverance through suffering, we will not lose heart.
  • Lesson Learned: Our suffering must be seen through the lens of Christ’s suffering