9: Helping One Another (Jas 5:13-20)
From our studies
of the epistle, we have noticed that it is full of strong admonitions and
warnings. James has effectively corrected the misconceptions and misconduct
among the believers by pointing out the meaning of true faith. Now, as the
epistle draws to a close, he provides an assuring guidance to the community of
believers. Like the opening of the epistle, the tone of this final passage is
comforting and greatly encouraging. A message of faith, hope, and love pervades
these closing exhortations.
“Confess your trespasses to one
another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective,
fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (5:16).
Did You Know…?
These were men who were appointed to be shepherds and overseers in the church
(Ac 20;17,28; 1Pet 5:1-2).
oil (5:14): Oil was used in Biblical times as medicine (cf. Isa 1:6; Lk 10:34). But James may be using this expression in a
Record what the passage teaches
Brothers and sisters in the
Based on this passage, what are
some practical ways for us to put our faith to work?
What can we learn from verse 13
about our relationship with the Lord in our daily lives?
How does prayer help us in our
suffering? Recall your own experience.
Explain the significance of the
following in terms of praying over the sick:
Call for the elders of the
Anoint with oil
In the name of the Lord
According to James, what is the
key to an effective prayer? Why?
Why do you think James also
mentions the forgiveness of sins here?
Have you ever prayed for
someone who was sick? Have you requested others to pray for you? Did you learn
anything from your experience?
What is the purpose of
confessing our sins to one another if only the Lord Jesus Christ can forgive us
of our trespasses?
How do we confess our
trespasses to one another?
Why is it important for the
members of Christ’s body to pray for one another?
What does verse 16 teach about
Why does James remind us that
“Elijah was a man with a nature like ours”? What lessons can we learn from
What does it mean to wander
from the truth? How do you know if a brother has wandered from the truth?
How do you turn back such a
brother or sister?
What effects result from
turning them back from error?
What does it mean to cover a
multitude of sins? What does this tell us about what we need to have in
ourselves in order to turn back a sinner?
How does this paragraph relate
to the passage as a whole?