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A Faith That Works (6 of 14)
Series: Christianity in Shoeleather
Ernest L. Easley
Now as you are turning to James 2, let me remind you what is taking place here tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
First, our Women's Fall Kick Off event will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the Vision Center tonight. That event is for all of our women and their daughters and Gena Leal tells me it's going to be an exciting event. And I hope that you ladies will take advantage of tonight's event.
While the ladies are meeting in the Vision Center, I'm going to be meeting with the Men and Boys behind the SIP area talking about character, the kind of character that God blesses. The topics are listed in the worship folder and I hope to see you tonight for this special event.
Now today we're picking up where we left off last week in James 2 under the heading: Christianity in Shoe Leather. Evangelist D.L. Moody said that every Bible should be bound in shoe leather. That's certainly true for James! You will not find a more practical book in the Bible than the book of James. He takes the truth of scripture and breaks it down in such a way that anybody can understand it.
For instance, last time together in chapter 2 James addresses Partiality in the Pew. As people were gathering for worship, the greeters were showing favoritism to the more affluent guests. If a guest worse a nice robe, gold rings and appeared to be well off financially, they were given the good seats.
But if a guest walked in with an old robe on, dirt under his fingers ... and wasn't dressed like the greeters thought they ought to be dressed, they were told to ''sit over there or stand over there, just don't get in the way.'' They were showing partiality in the pew and James calls them in on the carpet for it because our God is not like that. Our God is the ''whosoever will may come'' God.
By and large, how people feel about us is how they feel about God. And by showing partiality, they were ...
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