[January 16, 2022] EPC Sunday Sermon Reflection Questions

Series: James - Faith In Action
"The Judgment of Partiality"
James 2:1-13

  1. Where in your life do you struggle with partiality and favoritism?  Why do you think that this struggle is a difficult one to pinpoint in our lives and confess to yourself or others?   
  2. James says in verse 12, "So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty."  What he means by this is that the Gospel frees us from having to be perfect in order to justify ourselves before God.  We are saved by faith in the grace of Jesus Christ.  And yet, despite the fact that we have received grace from Christ, we judge others in showing partiality as if we demand that they live up to our human standard of the "good" rather than extending to them the grace of Jesus that we ourselves have received.  How can this be?  Do you think that you truly know and accept God's grace given for you by His generosity?  If so, how can we humbly surrender to Jesus as Lord in seeing and loving others as He has loved us with people in our lives today (especially the ones we find and judge unworthy or difficult to love)?
  3. James points out that partiality results in judgment and the dehumanization of other whom God loves and created in His own image.  This is not merely about "being nicer" to one another, but about moving to actively loving others in serving, engaging and building them up in obedience to Christ.  It is not enough to merely tolerate others or allow them in the room, but we are to actually love them and engage them as Jesus humbled Himself to love us perfectly, even to the cross.  What are some ways that we can actively love others to whom we have judged in our partiality and favoritism?  Share and walk with each other in accountability.
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