Jubilee Evangelical Church
How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord Almighty! Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked... For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor.
Psalm 84

No To Favoritism


July 26, 2020


No To Favoritism

James 2:1-13

My Sermon Notes from July 26, 2020 Full Text:

雅各書 James 2:1-13

1 我的弟兄們,你們信奉我們榮耀的主耶穌基督,便不可按著外貌待人。 2 若有一個人戴著金戒指、穿著華美衣服進你們的會堂去,又有一個窮人穿著骯髒衣服也進去, 3 你們就看重那穿華美衣服的人,說「請坐在這好位上」,又對那窮人說「你站在那裡」或「坐在我腳凳下邊」, 4 這豈不是你們偏心待人,用惡意斷定人嗎? 5 我親愛的弟兄們,請聽:神豈不是揀選了世上的貧窮人,叫他們在信上富足,並承受他所應許給那些愛他之人的國嗎? 6 你們反倒羞辱貧窮人!那富足人豈不是欺壓你們,拉你們到公堂去嗎? 7 他們不是褻瀆你們所敬奉的尊名嗎? 8 經上記著說:「要愛人如己。」 你們若全守這至尊的律法,才是好的。 9 但你們若按外貌待人,便是犯罪,被律法定為犯法的。 10 因為凡遵守全律法的,只在一條上跌倒,他就是犯了眾條。 11 原來那說「不可姦淫」的,也說「不可殺人」。你就是不姦淫,卻殺人,仍是成了犯律法的。 12 你們既然要按使人自由的律法受審判,就該照這律法說話行事。 13 因為那不憐憫人的,也要受無憐憫的審判;憐憫原是向審判誇勝。

1 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. 2 Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. 3 If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” 4 have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong? 8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker. 12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.

Discussion Questions:

1. What attracts you to befriend a person…wealth? Power? Or Popularity?
2. What turns you off from being close to a person? Why?
3. Are you willing to make the effort to overcome the obstacle that keeps you from being close to someone?
4. Do you look at yourself from the angle of inferiority or superiority when around people?