I always feel the importance of stating our choice in the heavenly court: I choose to hold on! I choose Jesus! I choose freedom! Thank you, New Bridge, for letting me share my heart with you today! Thank you for your partnership in God’s Kingdom work! Thank you for your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ! – Pastor Jon
My brothers. The readers were members of the church and his dear brothers in the Christian faith. James addresses his brothers because what he is explaining is a family issue. Among believers in Christ there exists a common accountability to God’s Word. James 2:1
And you look favorably on the one wearing the fine clothing and you say, “Be seated here in a good place,” and to the poor person you say, “You stand or be seated there by my footstool,” James 2:2-4
• under my footstool—not literally so; but on the ground, down by my footstool. The poor man must either stand, or if he sits, sit in a degrading position. The speaker has a footstool as well as a good seat.
They were guilty of this bias – haven’t you made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? – is stated in a way to point out what they have been doing. James 2:4
What was Jesus’ model? (Matt 9:10-13, Hosea 6:6)
Poor — poor of this world—The best manuscripts read, “those poor in respect to the world.” James 2:5
A Royal law is defining a “King” over every other law. James 2:8 (Leviticus 19:17-18, Matthew 22:37-40)
Note: I love the heart of God revealed in the 10 commandments; God is for us! Those laws are for our good not his! You can find the 10 commandments in Exodus 20.
Jesus teaches a standard that will judge a person’s heart. Matthew 5:21-22, 5:27-28
Speak and act covering ALL human behavior –The concept of: ALL IN! James 2:12 , 1 John 3:1
Life Grp Q’s “Mercy and Judgement” 2/23/20 James 2:1-13
Why do you think it’s so easy to be influenced by outward appearances?
In the message this week, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?
Do you think it is compelling today for people to feel accepted? If so, what makes people feel accepted? James 2:1
According to Jesus teaching in Matthew 5:21 (murder) and Matthew 5:27 (adultery) And James 2:10 what is the standard for breaking the law?
What is difference between a ‘heavy sin’ and a ‘light sin’? What about culturally speaking? Spiritually speaking?
How would you explain the law of freedom? James 2:12
Search your heart and examine if there are areas or people you are treating with favoritism or dishonor.
What will you do this week to make that right? James 2:12