Sermon Text: James 2:1-13
- What is the royal law James is talking about?
- How does showing favoritism break this law?
- Why are we tempted to show deference to the wealthy or socially connected?
- If we want to receive mercy, when it comes to judgment, what must we do?
- How does mercy triumph over judgment?
How, do you think, is the law fulfilled in loving our neighbor?
How does God view material wealth? Is poverty a curse and wealth a blessing? Explain.
This passage dovetails with Luke 14:12-14. What is the scope of our compassion and hospitality? What is it supposed to be like?
Small Group Discussion
- What are you most likely to want, justice or mercy? Why?
- What are you most likely to want for others, justice or mercy? Why?
- If the answers are different, explain why.
- What does it mean when James says, "If you haven't shown mercy, you won't find mercy yourself when you are judged?" (v13)
- How merciful ought we to be?
- Are there subtle ways in which we show deference to certain individuals or classes of people? Explain.
- Where do you exhibit partiality?
- Where do you need to be more merciful -- (to whom)?
- Are you more judgmental, or more merciful, in general? Explain.