James 2:1-13 - Avoiding Favoritism

Kevin Finkenbinder

James 2:1-13 – Avoiding Favoritism

James 2:1

In 1860, wehn the Free Methodists started.  They called themselves “FREE” for two reasons 1) opposition to slavery and 2) opposition to pew rents or purchases.  It had been the practice in many Episcopal and Methodist churches that you had to pay to have access to a pew and that pew could only be used by you.  They wanted to rid themselves of both forms of favoritism.

  1. In what ways have you seen other people or churches show personal favoritism?
  2. Whether it was intentional or not, have you ever been the victim or beneficiary of personal favoritism? If so, please share an example.

James 2:2-4

  1. What are the status symbols that people care about in 2020? What ways do we make comparisons between those who are acceptable and unacceptable?
  2. How can this passage be applied beyond how we treat the rich and poor?

James 2:5-7

In many churches, people get chosen as deacons because they are financially successful or run some type of business.

  1. How does this passage speak to that practice? Is rich or successful a disqualification from serving as a deacon or other church leader?
  2. Why do people go out of their way to honor those who mistreat them while ignoring those who care about them?
  3. How do people blaspheme the church today?

James 2:8

Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 22:36-40, Ephesians 5:28-30

  1. In what ways do you show love to yourself?
  2. Does the way others have been treated affect their willingness to go to Church?

James 2:9-11

  1. Other than finances, in what ways to do we show partiality?
  2. How is it that when we break one commandment, we break them all?

James 2:12-13

  1. What responsibilities go along with our liberty as U.S. Citizens?
  2. What responsibilities go along with our liberty as Heavenly Citizens?
  3. How can we be judged by Liberty?
  4. Why does mercy triumph over judgment and not the other way around?