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Lesson - May 7, 2017

Favoritism Forbidden

James 2:1-7 (NLT)


1 My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?

2  For example, suppose someone comes into your meeting dressed in fancy clothes and expensive jewelry, and another comes in who is poor and dressed in dirty clothes.

3  If you give special attention and a good seat to the rich person, but you say to the poor one, “You can stand over there, or else sit on the floor” ---well,

4  doesn’t this discrimination show that your judgments are guided by evil motives?

5  Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him?

6  But you dishonor the poor! Isn’t it the rich who oppress you and drag you into court?

7  Aren’t they the ones who slander Jesus Christ, whose noble name you bear?


1.  What does it mean to you for a person to have faith in God?




2.  What might make a person think he or she is more important than another person?




3.  What example did James use to illustrate how favoritism was practiced in the church?





4.  Has God been fair to poor people?  Explain.  (2:5)





5.  In what way does the church dishonor God when we show favoritism? (2:6)





6.  What are some safeguards you can put into your attitude to help you value people the way

God values them?




7.  If we desire God’s best for all people, considering to following verse, what might we have as our focus?


2Pe 3:9 ¶ The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.




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