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How Good People Should Respond When Bad Things Happen

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How Good People Should Respond When Bad Things Happen

Sermon Discussion
James 1

I. Look In

Trial Definition: "Depravation or absence of a God intended blessing."

Do you agree with this definition? Why or why not?

How might you be experiencing this kind of trial in your life now?

What does James say is the purpose for our trials?

What are some temptations for us in how we respond to trials? How does God address these in our life?

How do trials expose what we really believe?

II. Look Up

God is the Master of all circumstances in our lives. He either sends it, or He allows it, to touch us. God is doing it for a reason!

Why ought we to look up to God in the midst of trials?

Why does God send or allow trials? Because it is the best for us and our faith at that time. Do you believe this? Why or why not? How might this view change how we respond to trials?

III. Look Out

When we experience trials in our life, often we can be tempted to focus on ourselves. What happens when we turn our eyes to look at others and seek and serve others in the midst of our trials?

How do we cultivate this kind of looking out while we are under trials?

IV. Pray for One Another!