Monday, August 3, 2009

Thursday Morning, July 30th

The Journey 2009
Pastor Adam Bailie

"Beware of the Bling"

Key Text: James 2:1-13

Big Idea: The lack of favortism is a mark of a true Christian.

**Favortism is the opposite of true Christian behavior.

vv. 2-3 picture of favortism in the church

- Favortism always focuses on the outside.

**Three reasons why favortism should be rooted out of our hearts, minds, and lives:

1. Favortism is anti-Gospel (vv. 5-6)

- God loves those who are desperate for Him
2 Corinthians 4:5-7
1 Corinthians 1:18-31

2. Favortism is anti-reason (vv. 6-7)

3. Favortism is anti-Christ (v. 8)

Mt. 22

- Christ commanded impartial love to all men.

- Favortism is a fruit of rebellion.

**How can you live apart from favortism in this status-obsessed world?
**What idols of my heart lead me to favortism?
- the idols of self-love and self-exaltation.

- Be leaders in making your youth group (and church) a favortism-free zone.

**Christians are to be blind to outward appearance.**

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