The Perils of Religious Favoritism

The Perils of Religious Favoritism

The Sermon: James 2: 1-5, 8-10, 14-18

My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism. 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. 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,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 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? If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing right. 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. 14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds.

The Perils of Religious Favoritism

  1. It Reflects A Lack Of Genuine Christian Love
  2. It Neglects An Opportunity For Faith To Shine

Listen to the sermon:

O, God of Mercy, God of Might, Teach us, as ever in Thy sight to live out life to Thee.

Fourth Sunday After Pentecost

Saturday, July 5 (6:00 p.m.) & Sunday, July 6, 2014 (9:00 a.m.)

Opening Hymn TLH 439 : O God of Mercy, God of Might Hymnary.org link

The Invocation

The Scripture Reading – Matthew 8: 27-35 (Found On Back Page)

Now, as then, there are differing opinions on who Jesus truly is. Faith’s response is always that of Peter, “You are the Christ (the promised Messiah). Yet when Jesus began to speak of His upcoming death and resurrection, Peter’s rebuttal was met with a stern rebuke from Jesus and a reminder that the life-saving Christian walk is all about self-denial and cross-bearing. 

The Nicene Creed (Page 22 in Hymnal)

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made. Who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceedeth from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spake by the prophets. And I believe one holy Christian and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Hymn LSB 844 : Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace Hymnary.org link

The Sermon……… James 2: 1-5, 8-10, 14-18 (Found On Back Cover)

The Perils of Religious Favoritism

  1. It Reflects A Lack Of Genuine Christian Love
  2. It Neglects An Opportunity For Faith To Shine

Our Gifts of Faith And Love For Jesus

PERSONAL PREPARATION FOR HOLY COMMUNION
(cf. page 156 in the front of Christian Worship)

The Consecration Of The Elements

The Distribution of the Lord’s Supper

(Because God’s Word presents the reception of this Sacrament as a most intimate expression of spiritual and confessional unity, we ask that only those who have publicly professed such oneness of faith and belief with us by membership at Berea or another CLC church come forward. Please speak with pastor if you are seeking a church home or have any questions.)

Hymn TLH 499 : Look from Thy Sphere of Endless Day Hymnary.org link  

& Hymn ELH 309 : A Wondrous Mystery Is Here Hymnary.org link

Our Prayer And The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, Who art in heaven. Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen

Hymn TLH 442 (V 1-2,5): Lord of Glory, Who Has Bought Us Hymnary.org link

Silent Prayer and Announcements