A Different Kind of Kingdom
We continue our journey through James by unpacking what he has to say about favouritism, how we treat people and how to look to Jesus for our example.
Put on a calm worship song of your choice (maybe from a Bethel without-words album) and spend the time writing down (on paper or phone) either a letter of thankfulness to God or simply a list of things you’re thankful for. At the end open the floor to prayers of thanksgiving to God for his faithfulness to us.
1. Before reading the passage, ask the room to share briefly their answers to the questions “What impresses you in a person?”.
2. Read James 2:1-13. Who gets “the best seat” nowadays? Where does favouritism lie in modern culture?
3. The heart of the problem is how we value each other. And in many cases it’s ingrained in us from a young age, how do we stand up to what’s within us?
4. Thankfully we have Jesus as our example. Read the following passages and discuss the ways that Jesus is countercultural in His interactions. (Philippians 2:7-8, Luke 15:1-3, 2 Corinthians 8:9)
Two of our statements here at St George’s are For Everyone Always and Come As You Are; but we can only be people who welcome others into that if we know it to be true for ourselves. What kind of family will we be? What kind of church or community? How can we all learn to own the vision to see Gateshead Come Alive, both on Sundays and throughout the week?