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Summary: Rich Man, Poor Man - James chapter 2 verses 1-13 - sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: gcurley@gcurley.info

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SERMON OUTLINE:

(1). The Principle Stated (vs 1).

(2). The Principle Illustrated (vs 2-4)

(3). The Principle Explained (vs 5-11)

(3). Principle Applied (vs 12-13).

SERMON BODY

Ill:

• We have expression that goes; ‘blind justice’.

• It comes from the Greek statue for justice, which is a woman wearing a blindfold;

• Lady Justice is actually the Roman goddess Iustitia (I-a-sti-tia).

• There are three distinctive features of Lady Justice:

• They are a set of scales, a blindfold, and a sword.

Lady Justice, but she has been represented in different ways in the various countries:

• For example, atop the Old Bailey courthouse in London,

• A statue of Lady Justice stands without a blindfold;

• This is because Lady Justice was originally not blindfolded,

• And because her "maidenly form" is supposed to guarantee her impartiality;

• Which renders the blindfold redundant.

• But from about the Since the 16th century,

• Lady Justice has often been depicted wearing a blindfold.

• And in other countries such as the U.S.A.

• She wears a blindfold to symbolize impartiality.

• The reason is she cannot see who comes before her,

• If they are friends or enemies, high or low, rich or poor.

• On the evidence alone

• She will weigh one side against the other with her scale of justice.

• Both of those individuals will be treated the same.

• TRANSITION:

• This is what it means when the Bible says that God is no respecter of persons.

• It simply means that with God there are no favourites.

• He is not impressed by social standing or by the colour of a person’s skin.

• God shows no favouritism.

• But unfortunately so often his followers do!

Quote:

• "An unprejudiced mind is the rarest thing in the world"

• Unless you happen to be like the man who said:

• "I am not prejudiced, I hate everyone !"

• But if we are honest;

• All of us are biased or prejudiced,

• And the things that affect me are probably very different to the things that affect you;

• And vice-versa.

• We all concise or un-concisely have a list of certain people we like to be with;

• And if were honest we have a list of people we don’t like to be with!

To be blunt there are desirable people and there are undesirable people:

• i.e. Some of us would rather spend time with educated people;

• And we can look down on those who don’t have a strong academic background.

• i.e. Some have certain race or ethnic groups they don’t want to associate with,

• i.e. Some would rather be with young people so they don’t make time for the elderly.

• i.e. Some would…you can fill in the blanks.

• The apostle James says in chapter 2, verses 1-11:

• That prejudice and partiality are wrong!

• And when we see it in action we need to deal with it!

James presents his case against prejudice in a sermon style way:

• First, he introduces a principle in verse 1,

• Second, he illustrates it in verses 2-4,

• Third, he explains it in verses 5-11,

• Fourth, he applies it in verses 12-13.

• So, let’s follow his outline and division;

• And start with the first point.

(1). The Principle Stated (vs 1).

“My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favouritism.”


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