Messes and Masterpieces- Overcoming Favoritism

Messes and Masterpieces- Overcoming Favoritism

May 12, 2019 | Jim Hodge
James 2:1-13

 

Showing Favoritism:

1.  It is inconsistent with Christ’s teaching. (vs 1)

Parables:  The Wedding Feast and the Great Banquet

Luke 14:7-24

2.  It is a by-product of selfish motives. (vs 2-3)

Flattery

Gossip

3.  It results from evil thoughts. (vs 2-4) 

Rom. 2:11

Eph. 6:9

Col. 3:25

4.  It insults people made in God’s image. (vs 5-6)

5.  It goes against the biblical definition of love. (vs 5-8)

The Royal Law of Love:

  1. This love belongs to the King.
  2. Only the King’s people can live it out.
  3. This is the king of all other laws.

“I decide what love is!”

6.  It is sin. (vs 9-11)

7.  It shows a lack of mercy to those less fortunate. (12-13)

8.  It is hypocritical. (vs 12-13)

 

Discussion Questions for the Week

  1. What do you most appreciate about God right now in your life?
  2. How did you show favoritism as a child? Do you still struggle with playing favorites? Was there a time you were considered the “least favorite” in a situation? How has it impacted you?
  3. How is God showing kindness to people different than us, and how might that stretch us? (Job 34:19, Malachi 3:5, Romans 2:11, Ephesians 6:9, Colossians 3:25 and 1 Timothy 2:4)
  4. In what ways can we reflect the upside-down nature of God’s kingdom in the world today with our daily lives? (1 Samuel 2:7-8, Matthew 5:43-48, Luke 14:7-11, 1 Corinthians 1:26-27, and 1 Timothy 6:17-18)
  5. Why can it be so difficult at times to treat others with mercy? Discuss these verses concerning judging people’s behavior and also showing mercy. (Psalm 82:2, Matthew 7:1 and John 7:24)

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