Sermons

Choose Mercy not Favoritism

January 15, 2017 Speaker: Kendall Faull Series: The book of James

Topic: Christian Living Scripture: James 2:1–2:13,

FAVORITISM IS DISCRIMINATION
James 2:1 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

FAITH THAT WORKS
If we do not welcome everyone with the same loving hospitality, we are sinning.

WHO IS RICH?
James 2:5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?

FAITH THAT WORKS
God choose to make anyone rich in faith and inherit the Kingdom who comes to him.

FAVORITISM IS A SIN
James 2:8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.

FAITH THAT WORKS
If you break one link in a chain you break the whole chain. You are not better than others.

WHO GETS MERCY?
James 2:12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

FAITH THAT WORKS
Mercy wins. Judgement loses.
Which side are you on?

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