1. Today we’re talking about perseverance…time for a good old fashion competition by trying to out last each other. Choose an endurance competition and see who can go the longest. (push up contest, wall sit, starring contest, holding your breath, etc)
a. Leaders Note: after the competition ask everyone, do they think they could have pushed any further? Did they have anything left to give? How often do we give up with just a little bit more left to give?
2. In James chapter 5, James talks about perseverance. Everything from situations where we need to persevere, how we persevere, and for what purpose we persevere. Discuss each of them, how they apply to your life, when you’ve gone through them in the past, and how you need to adjust for the future.
a. Perseverance in suffering. Vs 7-12. What do we learn from the examples of the farmer and Job?
b. Perseverance in prayer and faith. Vs13-18. When we experience trouble, sickness and sin how does it impact our prayer and faith journey? How does Elijah’s faith motivate or challenge you? Do you naturally run from God or run to God when your faith is caught in the crosshairs?
c. Perseverance in relationships with the lost. Vs 19-20. What keeps you from pressing on in relationship with the lost?
3. We will all face times in life when we feel like “I don’t feel like I can take it anymore”. It’s in these moments we need to press on and persevere in our faith. Are you in one of those times now? How can your group pray for you today? For everyone, what will you do to take another step in your faith journey this week?