Impartial - Week One (James 2:1-9)

John Shades, 24 February 2019
Part of the Impartial series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

John begins a new series on Impartiality. In this first week he looks at whether or not we have favourites and what leads us to choose them. Discrimination based on appearance is highlighted both in the passage from James 2, and in what John says. The video John showed as part of his sermon can be viewed at

Tags: appearances, discrimination, Favouritism, Impartiality

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James 2:1-9

1My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 3And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: 4Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? 5Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? 6But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? 7Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? 8If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. (KJV)

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