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James 2 1_13

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James 2:1-13

Secular:

  • Charlie… all appearances a poor man…
  • Death of wife
  • Under bridge
  • Smell of Alcohol and Vomit
  • Bank… limited access
  • Died wealthy

Biblical:

NIV James 2:1 My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favouritism. 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, "Here's a good seat for you," but say to the poor man, "You stand there" or "Sit on the floor by my feet," 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 6 But you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong? 8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. 12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!

Personal:

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Bridge:

  • “Do not judge a book by the cover”
  • People of Faith don’t do that!!

Body:

2:1 My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don't show favoritism.

  • 1 - Nutshell
  • 2 – God Loves People!!

1 Tim 2: 3 This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, 4 who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, "Here's a good seat for you," but say to the poor man, "You stand there" or "Sit on the floor by my feet," 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

  • 1          “Seen Rubbing Elbows with…”
  • 2          “Pride the GREATEST SIN”
  • 3          Country Club / Hospital (messy)

5 Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 6 But you have insulted the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong? 8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, "Love your neighbour as yourself," you are doing right.

  • 1 v.5    Only those who have a need… only those with a need for God.
  • 2          Don’t malign those with need….
  • 3          Those that have exploit – No Need… No God
  • 4          Neighbour as Self – Need You / Need Me / Need 

God

  • 5 Goal is not personal wealth or having wealthy good-looking friends!
    • Contributing to the spiritual wealth of people!!

9 But if you show favouritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. 12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!

  • 1          Favouritism is sin… failure to love all people is sin…
  • 2          Judges are judged!!
  • 3          Mercy shown to merciful!

Conclusion:

  • 1 Pt 1.Authentic Profession +  Pt 2 Genuine Compassion + Pt 3 Deep Conviction = VITAL FAITH
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