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True Religion and Favoritism - James 1:26-2:13

February 26, 2017 Speaker: Heath Haynes Series: James

Passage: James 1:26–2:13

As we study the book of James, we will see how faith and works are inseparable in our living out the life in Jesus Christ.

Sermon Text: James 1:26-2:13


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  • Verses 22-25 delt with the private life of the Christ follower. 1:26 - 2:13 are now dealing with the public life of the Christ-follower
  • We must remember that our faith is not a religion. It is the miracle of Jesus in our lives. its a new birth. It is a divine life.
  • Religion is the practice of the Word.
  • Religious is "the outward practice of Religion"
  • When we look at verses 26-27, we can move beyond the specific application in this exhortation to the larger categories they represent.
  • As a category of faithful religion,
  • what would bridaling the tongue represent?
  • What wold visiting widows and orphans represent?
  • What would keeping oneself untainted from the world represent?
  • I have included these categories at the bottom. Work through this yourself before you look at them.
  • I appreciate how Warren Wiersbe put it. - "True religion is not a matter of forms and ceremonies; it is a matter of a controlled tongue, sacrificial service, and a clean heart."
  • These two verses set us up for chapter 2.
  • read Galatians 5:6 to align the posture of our hearts with what God intends in these verses.
  • Make sure to read James through the lens of "Faith working through love."
  • What is the root of every sin committed by one person against another?
  • How does a person have to view themselves in relation to the persons they show partiality for and against?
  • What would the different motivations be that could cause us to show partiality?
  • How does God's heart for His people and His commands to those who follow Christ show us how we should live in these situations?
  • What ways are you sinning against a person you act against in your partiality?
  • What ways are you sinning against God in your partiality?
  • If we can agree that being rich ins not bad and not all rich people are evil, what is James calling us to remember and respond to in verses 6-7?
  • Read verses 8 & 9. These verses insinuate that you can keep the royal law of loving your neighbor as yourself and at the same time, show partiality.
  • What is James calling out here? Hint: A lack of diversity (think beyond ethnicity) would be the product of the way of life James is teaching against.
  • Make sure to spend plenty of time in Verses 12 & 13. They are key.
  • If Jesus brings/is the Law of Liberty, what does it mean to be judged under it?
  • How are we judged not guilty (innocent)?
  • Remember that God is the just judge. A just judge always condemns the guilty and acquits the innocent.
  • James is calling us to remember the measure in which we were judged and to carry that forward?
  • What is an area of your life you struggle to show partiality?
  • Is there anyone in your life that you are sitting in the judgment seat of and need to repent, confess, and ask for forgiveness?
  • What part of this text breathed life into you where you were feeling condemned?
  • What area of this text do you feel yourself trying to avoid?
  • What does this text reveal about God?
  • What does this text reveal about mankind/you?
  • How does this passage teach the Gospel/point to Jesus?
  • Who do you need to share what you have learned from this text with this week?
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