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The Sin of Partiality
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4: The Sin of Partiality (Jas 2:1-13)

I.       The Basics

A.     Setting

Having stressed the importance of practicing God’s word, James now cites partiality as a specific example to illustrate the need to let our actions be consistent with our belief in God’s word. In conclusion, James reminds us that since we will all stand before the judgment, our speech and conduct must always conform to God’s law of love.

B.     Key Verse

“So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty” (2:12).

II.    Observation

A.     Outline




III. Key Words/Phrases

IV.  General Analysis

Go through the passage and list the reasons why partiality is wrong.

V.     Segment Analysis

A.     2:1-4

1.      1.      Why is partiality incompatible with the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory (1)?

2.      2a.    What was the setting of James’ illustration?

3.      2b.    Can partiality take place in the congregation of believers today? Cite some examples.

4.      3.      In what ways have you been guilty of partiality?

5.      4.      Those who show partiality become “judges with evil thoughts” (4).

6.      4a.    How does partiality make people “judges”?

7.      4b.    What “evil thoughts” lie underneath partiality?

8.      5.      When we commit the sin of partiality, what does our partiality reflect about our values?

B.     2:5-7

9.      6a.    What does verse 5 teach us about God’s salvation?

10.  6b.    What does this have to do with the discussion on partiality?

11.  6c.    Having been chosen by God, how have we become rich in faith?

12.  7.      What is James’ point in reminding the believers about the oppression and blasphemy of the rich?

13.  8.      With this passage in mind, compare God’s love and man’s love.

C.     2:8-13

14.  9.      Why is partiality a transgression, according to 8 and 9?

15.  10.    What is the underlying principle of the whole law?

16.  11.    What is the point of 10 and 11 regarding partiality?

17.  12.    How does verse 12 serve as a reminder to you in your daily walk?

18.  13.    Take note of the word “for” in verse 13. How does the teaching in this verse help explain verse 12?


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