by Dave Gustavsen

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Blind Love (2 of 6)
Series: The Book of James - Faith Does
Dave Gustavsen
James 2:1-13

Okay-last week we started walking through the book of James, which is actually a letter written to a group of Christians in the first century, by James, the brother of Jesus. And we said last week that this is not a book that's heavy on theology or history; it's all about taking the faith that we have-or say we have-and just doing life differently because of that faith.

There's a verse in the little baptism explanation in the bulletin this morning-Romans 6:4-listen to this verse: We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. In other words: since Jesus is alive, and we're connected with him, we now have the power to live a new kind of life. Does that make sense? Because if not-if there's no power; if there's no change in how we live, what are we doing here? We're just playing church! But there is power. And there is a different way of living. And in this letter, James gives us a vision of what this new kind of life looks like.

So-let's read today's passage-James chapter two, starting in verse 1: 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 exploiti ...

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