Charlotte's Hope Church
True Religion - Sin of Partiality
James 2:1-13
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  • Charlotte's Hope Church
    2530 Johnston Oehler Rd, Charlotte, NC 28269, USA
    Sunday 10:00 AM
A merely religious person, who believes God will favor him because of his morality and respectability, will ordinarily have contempt for the outcast. 'I worked hard to get where I am, and so can anyone else!' That is the language of the moralist's heart.

'I am only where I am by the sheer and unmerited mercy of God. I am completely equal with all other people.' That is the language of the Christian's heart. A sensitive social conscience and a life poured out in deeds of mercy to the needy is the inevitable sign of a person who has grasped the doctrine of God's grace. Tim Keller "Gospel in Life"
THE WHAT: Don't Show Partiality

THE WHY: You Dishonor God and You Reveal You Don't Understand the Gospel

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Community Group Homework
For the week of October 30, 2016

(Questions and Scriptures for further personal study)
1. It can be hard to avoid “playing favorites,” especially when there are certain co-workers, family members, friends, etc. who we get along with better with than others. What can be learned from God’s view of favoritism that could help us when we’re tempted to play favorites?
Acts 10:34 – 35
Romans 2:6 – 13
Romans 10:12 – 13
Ephesians 6:9
In what area of your life would it be most challenging to follow God’s example of not playing favorites?
2. One of the ways we can avoid favoritism is to learn to appreciate people who are more challenging for us to get along with and to strive to see them in a different light. Read Ephesians 4:1-3 and write down Paul’s instruction about how we can bridge some of our differences and unify in Christ.

Which of these behaviors presents the biggest challenge to you if you were to put all the behaviors in the above verses into action?
3. One of the more subtle ways of evaluating our personal relationship with God is taking a look at how we treat his people. What do the following verses have to say about how our treatment of others impacts our relationship with God?
John 13:35
1 John 3:17
1 John 4:12
1 John 4:20