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Showing Partiality

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Sermon shared by Shane Speck

April 2001
Summary: Favoritism...don’t say you have never done it. Thankfully God is not one to show partiality, but we may, therefore what does James have to say about it.
Audience: General adults
PRACTICAL CHRISTIAN LIVING
ˇ§Showing Favoritismˇ¨
Part 1
(James 2:1-13)

Introduction:
„« FavoritismˇKwe do not struggle with this in the church today do weˇKyea right!
A. Do we actually believe that we are immune from this problem?

„« This problem here and in many places might not be rich vs. poor; it may be gender or occupationˇKwhat ever it is God tells us to be cautious of itˇKit is a HUGE pitfall!

„« We want to consider this morning:
1. The Act of Partiality (1-4)
2. The Fact of Partiality (5-7)
3. The Results of Partiality (8-13)

I. THE ACT OF PARTIALITYˇK(vs. 1-4)
A. Consider the text:
1. We know this is speaking of favoritism because of vs. 1 ˇV it is a matter of attitude
2. Consider the rich man:
a. Fine clothes
b. Jewelry
3. Consider the poor man:
a. dirty clothes
B. What does all this mean:
1. The rich man is doing all he is doing to be seen of menˇKremember what Paul told the women about their dress in 1 Timothy 2:9ff (Be modest)
2. The poor man is coming in clothing that is not as nice as the others
C. Special attention and distinction is given to the rich man, while the poor man gets the lesser
D. Application:
1. We could make this an issue of clothing, but when it comes down to it, James is making the point about the way we show respect to certain people over others
2. We are in the business of saving souls, not being concerned about show partiality!

II. THE FACT OF PARTIALITYˇK(vs. 5-7)
A. Consider the text:
1. See what God wants us to hear about the importance of the soulˇK
a. In Godˇ¦s sight we are neither rich nor poor, slave nor free manˇKwe are all heirs of he promise of the kingdom
B. See what this fact produces:
C. The rich man has been dishonoredˇKbecause he is no less important in the sight of GodˇKin fact
D. See what this fact produces:
1. It is the rich who are blasphemers and yet they are made to feel more righteous
2. Those who show this partiality are sinning because it is not up to us to pick sides or play favorites ˇV we should see men the way God sees them, as souls who need Him
a. We see in vs. 8 that we should fulfill the royal law and love our neighbor as ourselves

III. RESULTS OF PARTIALITYˇK(vs. 9-11)
A. Consider the text:
1. When partiality is show we sin because we become transgressors of the law (not loving everyone as Christ would)
2. They were guilty of breaking the whole law
a. apparently they thought that what they were doing though not right, was not that bad
B. Application:
1. We are given a strong caution against showing partiality because when we do this we forget and neglect the royal law that we should love our neighbor as ourselves!

Conclusion:

„« Consider then vs. 12,13:
A. Lames tells is:
1. We should speak & Act as those judged by the law of liberty
a. we have all received grace more than we deserve, then we should extend this same attitude toward othersˇKshowing no partiality

„« We will not expect that we should receive any more mercy on that judgement day of we have shown no mercy while here!
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