Thoughts and questions, w. b. 24/1/21
It appears to me that James is aware of a specific Church that has shown clear favouritism in at least one instance. In a way all of these verses can be related to this instance.
- Have you ever noticed favouritism being shown within a Church? – v1
- Within this reading the favouritism is all down to money. In what other ways can we be drawn to favour one person above another?
- How do (or would) you respond if somebody came into Church in ‘shabby clothes’? – v2
- Why do you think there was (and maybe still is) favouritism shown to the rich people?
- In what ways do you judge? –v4
- Outside the Church
- Inside the Church
- In what ways would you say that you ‘love your neighbour as yourself’? – v8
- Why do you (or do you not) think favouritism is as bad as murder? – v9-11
James writes about receiving mercy and being merciful – v13
- What does being merciful mean to you, both to receive mercy and to offer mercy?
Extra, if time allows:
A good example of receiving and giving mercy is found in Matthew 18:23-34, a story entitled the unmerciful servant.
- What is/are the main point/s of this story?