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CG #12
James 5:13-20
Prayer works, so work at prayer.
#prayer
Published November 1st, 2021
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Since prayer is effective, those who sin should confess and ask for prayer and those who see a brother wander off in sin should prayerfully pursue them.
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James 5:13-20
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Is anyone among you suffering?
Let him pray.
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Is anyone cheerful?
Let him v sing praise.
Is anyone among you sick?
Let him call for the elders of the church,
and let them pray over him,
w anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
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And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick,
and the Lord will raise him up.
And x if he has committed sins,
he will be forgiven.
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Therefore, y confess your sins to one another
and pray for one another,
z that you may be healed.
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a The prayer of a righteous person has great power
as it is working. 1
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Elijah was a man b with a nature like ours,
and c he prayed fervently that it might not rain,
and for d three years and six months it did not rain on the earth.
e Then he prayed again,
and heaven gave rain,
and the earth bore its fruit.
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My brothers, f if anyone among you wanders from the truth
and someone g brings him back,
let him know that
whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering
h will save his soul from death
and i will cover a multitude of sins.
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Brent Karding
My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth
I don't see how 19-20 could be part of an Inference, based on 13-15: "Pray in various circumstances [13-15]; therefore, whoever rescues a sinner covers sin [19-20]." 19-20 doesn't seem to follow from 13-15 like that.

19-20 could be made an Explanation of 16-18, perhaps. I say that because the emphasis of 16-18 is in 16a-c, and so another arc would be primarily relating to it - and both 16a-c and 19-20 talk about "sins" (as does 15).
Andy Wood
My thought was that 15 lays out the principle of confessing sins to another and praying for one another, so 16-18 talks about me when I sin and 19-20 talks about someone else when they sin.
Brent Karding
I see. That makes the Series make sense, but having 16-20 as an Inference of all of 13-15 doesn't show that 16-20 are explaining something in 15. You're relating 16-20 back to all of 13-15 in your arc.

Perhaps it would be best to keep things as they are - or rather, as I recommend below about Ground and Inference, of course. :) Not everything can always be shown in an arc, so it might be good to make a dot note in 15 explaining how you see 16-18 and 19-20. (I'm sure you'll explain that in your sermon as well.)
Brent Karding
The prayer of a righteous person has great power
I think it would be better to make 16-18 the Ground of all of 13-15, instead of the Ground only of 16. That's because 13-15 are encouraging prayer as well; therefore this exhortation for prayer would motivate people to follow 13-15, not just 16.

(The Inference would then only include verse 16 as an Inference of 13-15.)
Brent Karding
anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
This is a small thing, but this should be an Action-Manner. "Pray" is a verb and "anointing" is a participle; thus they can't be coordinate. The participle must be subordinate to the verb.
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