The text this week is James 5:7-12 in which James counsels us to be patient until the coming of the Lord and to endure suffering. The worship theme is “The Promise of His Coming,” as we look with longing for that return. The visual theme is the patient farmer of verse 7, waiting for his crop to ripen.
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1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage each other with these words.
James 5:7-11 (DSV) Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, and is patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. 8You also, be patient. Strengthen your hearts, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you will not be judged. Look, the Judge is standing at the door. 10Brothers, as an example of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the Lord’s name. 11Behold, we consider blessed those who have endured. You have heard of Job’s endurance, and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.
Hebrews 12:1-3 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.
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