Andy Wood
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Mercy means more than just "not getting what you do deserve."  Mercy is imparitally meeting the needs of those who cannot benefit you
James 2:1-13
Clean out the junk, bring in the treasure, and then get to work.  There's joy to be had.
James 1:19-21
Temptation doesn't come from God, but everything good does.  Cling to those truths to endure the trials and win the prize.
James 1:12-15
The path of wisdom is laid out for us.  It's a hard path, but it's worth it.
James 1:2-11
God will give us what we need to endure, not what we need to coast
James 1:2-11
Love God by hating your sin and loving those who cannot help themselves
James 1:19-27
God only gives good gifts, but sometimes the gift is suffering.
James 1:12-18
Mercy means more than just "not getting what you do deserve."  Mercy is imparitally meeting the needs of those who cannot benefit you
James 2:1-13
Let us enter into every season of trial resolving to praise the Lord, not waiting to decide whether he deserves our praise or not.
Psalms 9:1-20
Dealing with doubt requires us to start from the proper place:  On our knees before God.  Once there, he'll open our eyes to see glory!
Psalm 73:16-28
Thank God for faith, hope, and love, and thank God for faithful teachers.
Colossians 1:3-8
Faith, hope, and love in the hearts of once hellbound sinners is a miracle of God, so thank him over and over for them!
Colossians 1:3-8
Grace greater than we can possibly imagine
Isaiah 55:6-9
There is one source for grace and peace!
Colossians 1:1-2
God never chooses us and blesses us to hoard his blessings for ourselves.  Pass them on!
Colossians 1:1-2
Are you afraid to share the gospel?  Begin with gratitude!
Philippians 2:12-16
Life means relationships.  This passage explores what harmonious relationships should look like in the church.
1 Thessalonians 5:12-22
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CG #12
James 5:13-20
Prayer works, so work at prayer.
Published November 1st, 2021
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Main point summary
Main point summary
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.
James 5:13-20
Is anyone among you suffering?
Let him pray.
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.
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.
Therefore, y confess your sins to one another
and pray for one another,
z that you may be healed.
a The prayer of a righteous person has great power
as it is working. 1
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.
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.
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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