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The Monday After Sunday, March 1, 2015: Pressure Points: The Pressure of Partiality
Yesterday, Pastor Joe Boerman moved us into a discussion about the pressure point of partiality.
We looked at James 2:1-13:
“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 exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who are blaspheming the noble name of him to whom you belong?
8 If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,”[a] you are doing right. 9 But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. 11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,”[b] also said, “You shall not murder.”[c] If you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a lawbreaker.
12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.”
Lord, give us your eyes to see other people:
Pastor Joe highlighted a few things:
1.”Those who show partiality are being guided by wrong thoughts — partiality shows a disregard and devaluation of a person’s soul … Partiality is a sin.
To be like Jesus is to stand on the level ground at the foot of the cross and live out our lives for his glory. This is our call and this is our privilege.” – Pastor Joe Boerman, #icPressure #partiality
2. Today I want to celebrate you, people of Immanuel, because we are a diverse people. God has given us a church that more and more has become a melting pot and when God does it it becomes a thing of beauty to behold. Keep it up. Don’t stop. Continue to live in a way that is countercultural and love the people who are different from you because they deserve and want to be loved. – Pastor Joe Boerman, #icPressure #partiality
This week, outside the walls of Immanuel, spend some time with someone with whom you wouldn’t typically relate:
1. Go out of your way to broaden the circle of people you call friends.
2. Literally, take a chair and move it to a new location. Intentionally be with someone you normally wouldn’t sit with.
3. Recognize that one thing is true of everyone here: everyone has a soul that has been engineered by God.