This week we are jumping ahead a little in the book of James, but we will circle back to the end of chapter four next week. Please read along with us in James 5:1-6.

This week focuses on the accumulation of wealth for only the benefit of ones selfDuring James’ time, much of the land was owned by wealthy people in Galilee and they controlled peoples lives with it. James denounces the owner’s materialistic accumulation of wealth, the low wages they pay, and actions that have lead to death of innocent people. The applications for us abound as we take inventory of our lives and what is important to God, versus important to the world. Matthew 6:21 says, “that where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Reflection Questions:

  1. James declares misery is coming to the rich in this section, what crimes have they committed? Is James condemning all rich people (explain)? How does 1 Timothy 6:17-19 say that the rich should live?
  2. Do you think of yourself as rich? Why or why not?
  3. 1 Timothy 6:6-10 warns about chasing after riches in this present life. What does this passage show as the result of chasing after money? How can money lead us away from God? How do Jesus’s words in Matthew 6:24 confirm this for us?