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Authentic Faith: Doers of The Word in Love

April 17, 2016 Speaker: Jeff Walser Series: Authentic Faith

Topic: Biblical Passage: James 2:1–2:26

Acts 2:1-26

Coffee mug: "Best Day Ever!"
James: Not best day ever.

We live in a world of trials, but we are given stabilizers....
Stabilizer: Divine Wisdom: We lack wisdom.
Stabilizer: Word of God

James 2:1-4
- We are called to love people unconditionally.
- Reasons we are not to show partiality:
1.) Scripture shows us that God has a special place in His heart for the poor.
- Matthew 5:2-3
- Psalm 68:4-6a
- Deuteronomy 10:17-18
- Proverbs 31:8-9
- Love means seeking justice.
- 1 Corinthians 1:26-30
2.) The rich are the ones who oppress you.
3.) It is a sin to give favoritism, which is for selfish gain.

What does it look like for us to obey these commands?
- James 2:12-13
- Do the Word because of the "law of Liberty", which is the Gospel
- Romans 14:10-12
- Mercy surpasses judgement (vs. 13)

My brothers and sisters, children of the Father of the Heavenly Lights, do not put your trust in discrimination or conditional love that you hope will help you or. Give you something for yourself. Instead, love radically and sacrificial lay, carrying for the vulnerable ones that God loves so very much. Do this by holding fast to your trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, the One who defeated sin and death, and ascended in all His glory to His heavenly throne. One day, He will return to restore all things to their intended glory. In the meantime, do the Word by loving the way He loved you!

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