Sermon Outline for James 2:1-13. Theme: as much as it lies with us, God wants us to follow His standards in dealing with others.
1. It honors the ___________ of Christ, the Lord of Glory
A. Partiality, favoritism undermine Jesus’ authority & reputation.
B. Treating people fairly credits our Lord’s Name.
2. It honors _____________ realities God has established.
A. God, not man, is the measure of things.
B. Rather than being conformed to this world, God transforms our discernment & treatment of others by renewing our minds in spiritual realities.
3. It honors the ________________ of God’s Law.
A. Just as God is One, so His will is one, vv. 8-12.
B. Disciples can’t cherry pick which Scriptures we’ll follow, or ignore.
Questions for Study
Name some contemporary examples of partiality, favoritism both as seen in the Church & as seen in our American culture.
James 2:1-13 speaks to racism, classism & a common social & journalistic practice of labeling people so as to generate biased treatment of them.
How does viewing humans as products of evolution promote forms of partiality? How does viewing humans as God’s image bearers mitigate that?
What do the following Scriptures say regarding partiality? Deuteronomy 16:18-20; 24:14-15, 17-18; John 7:14-24; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 2:11-22.
What will we do to ensure we fairly treat others?