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1. Don’t show favoritism.

  • Scripture Reference: James 2:1-5, Leviticus 19:15 
  • Leader Notes
    • 1. Don’t treat people differently based on any preconceived notions. 
    • 2. When the people of God come together, love even the most difficult of people the way Jesus would. We must do everything we can to love and see people the way God does.  
    • 3. Jesus never showed partiality with people especially when choosing his disciples and closest friends. 
  • Question for Reflection: Our culture admires celebrities and dignitaries and we definitely treat famous people differently. It is an easy thing to sit at a distance and critique the culture. But have you stopped to ask yourself, where do I show favoritism? How do you plan to adjust the way you treat people? What needs to change today? 

2. Live well by loving well.

  • Scripture Reference: James 2:5-8, Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 22:39 
  • Leader Notes
    • 1. God through James is reminding us that He is more concerned with spiritual riches in the life of the believer than material riches.  
    • 2. When we live in the kingdom where Jesus is Lord we fulfill the Royal Law. 
    • 3. Serving well means placing myself at a disadvantage so that my neighbor can receive the advantage. 
  • Question for Reflection: Serving others is the fastest way to root the source of your pride and humility. Jesus came to serve everyone. Whom is Jesus asking me to serve today? How can you begin to reach out to them and show them the love of Christ? 

3. Find freedom in Jesus.

  • Scripture Reference: James 2:9-13 , Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5, Romans 7:24-25
  • Leader Notes
    • 1. Liberty is not a political term but a kingdom principal. Jesus wants to give us real biblical liberty. 
    • 2. Even Paul, a great hero of the faith, confessed to falling short of the glory of God. 
    • 3. God created you in such a way that only you can decide whom you are going to follow. Choose Jesus. 
  • Question for Reflection: What does real freedom in Jesus look like? How is God calling you to walk in the freedom He offers? How will this freedom alter the way you treat people and move through this world? 

Optional Follow-up Questions:

  • What makes you say that?
  • How do you feel about that?
  • How would you explain your answer to a non-Christian friend or neighbor?
  • Why did God design it to work that way? Why not just do (whatever else) instead?
  • What would you say to someone who disagrees with that?
  • Why do we really have to do it like that? Why can’t we just go (some other route) instead?