A Word of Caution – Northwest Bible Church

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

A Word of Caution

Ken Harrell

Senior Pastor

Key Scripture

James 2:1–13
My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?

Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Take Away / Application

You cannot separate what you believe and how you behave.

  • Showing favoritism is a sin and contradictory to Christ-likeness.

Discussion Questions

Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your group or branch off with additional questions as the discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have group members figure things out together.

  1. Discuss the statements, “You cannot separate what you believe and how you behave.” If you want to know what a person believes, don’t look at their statement of faith…watch their life.
  2. Have you encountered anyone who claimed to believe in Jesus, but their life didn’t reflect those beliefs?
  3. We all have areas to improve, but in general, how would someone who doesn’t know you, describe you? Do your beliefs match up with your behavior? Share one area that needs to improve the most.
  4. Read James 2:1 Where in your life have you showed favoritism in regards to someone?
  5. As Christians, Scripture clearly teaches that we are to show no partiality towards others. Christians cannot follow this instruction unless we are exposed to others who are different than we are. How do you increase such exposure? How can you best share the Gospel in these circumstances?
  6. From our relationship with Jesus to our words to our actions…one day, everyone will be judged. How does the thought of God’s judgment change your behavior (if at all)?
  7. Pastor Harrell mentioned that people size others up by basing things on temporal circumstances. How do we change our mindset to one of eternity rather than being in the moment?
  8. Are the Scriptures truly your standard for living? Discuss the toughest areas in life to follow the Scriptures. Do you think there are “grey” areas that the Scriptures do not address? Why or why not?
  9. The Bible commands us to show no partiality. The media and progressive movement teaches us that we are to show tolerance to others no matter what. Showing no partiality and a blind tolerance of others may sound similar, but are worlds apart. How do we balance these two, and show no partiality towards others while still maintaining the truth of the Gospel?

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Scripture Reference



Favoritism, Judgement, Mercy, Partiality