Study Questions

Sermon Text: James 2:1-13

Sermon Questions

  1. What is the royal law James is talking about?
  2. How does showing favoritism break this law?
  3. Why are we tempted to show deference to the wealthy or socially connected?
  4. If we want to receive mercy, when it comes to judgment, what must we do?
  5. How does mercy triumph over judgment?

Additional Scriptures

Matthew 22:34-40
How, do you think, is the law fulfilled in loving our neighbor?

Mark 10:17-31
How does God view material wealth?  Is poverty a curse and wealth a blessing?  Explain.

Matthew 5:43-48
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

  1. What are you most likely to want, justice or mercy?  Why?
  2. What are you most likely to want for others, justice or mercy?  Why?
  3. If the answers are different, explain why.
  4. What does it mean when James says, "If you haven't shown mercy, you won't find mercy yourself when you are judged?" (v13)
  5. How merciful ought we to be?
  6. Are there subtle ways in which we show deference to certain individuals or classes of people?  Explain.

Going Deeper

  1. Where do you exhibit partiality?
  2. Where do you need to be more merciful -- (to whom)?
  3. Are you more judgmental, or more merciful, in general?  Explain.