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1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: 4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? 5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? 6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? 7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? 8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. 14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

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1 Deena E = "God does not show favoritism and the church is no place for it. Partiality based on someone's social-economic status is condemned here and called evil. What is it that makes someone feel superior over another? What type of motive, other than something evil, is behind why some were treated better than others in the church during the time of this letter (which is still happening today)?"
2 Enakshi Ganguly = "The Book of James - Bible Study Questions"
3 Enakshi Ganguly = "Page 23 onwards:Harvest Bible Fellows Activities"
4 Enakshi Ganguly = "James Lesson 2: My Favorite"
5 Enakshi Ganguly = "Favoritism ForbiddenLeader's Guide: Favoritism Forbidden"
6 Sarah R = "The NIV reads: ¨My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.¨"
7 Sara Di Diego = "This use of "assembly" literally meant "synagogue" and was the only time that word was used in the New Testament.Work Cited:http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/jamieson-fausset-brown/james/james-2.html"
8 Sarah R = "Anyone who has ever traveled to a poor nation will testify to the truth of this statement. Perhaps it is the ´have nots´who are more willing to recognize and accept their need for God. Those who are blessed with privilege, influence and riches may fall more easily into the trap of believing that they are fine on their own and do not need saving. As Jesus said during His time on Earth, ¨It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.¨ (Matthew 19:24)"
9 Cary W = "Such is the royal law: those of us who really love others and ourselves do well in life, in fact are favored in life.  Look at children, who generally are loving and kind to family and strangers, have great favor from those they encounter.  Good nature begats good nature."
10 Enakshi Ganguly = "Lesson 9: Why Partiality is Wrong"
11 Sarah R = "Jesus stated this when responding to which commandments were the greatest: ¨Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.¨ (Mark 12:30-31). It comes from the Jewish law in Leviticus 19:18,  "'Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD. ""
12 Sarah R = "As humans we tend to put greater weight on some sins over others. We may think of ourselves as basically good because we don´t commit any of the ´big sins´. James here however states that if you break one part of the law you break the whole thing. In other words, all it takes is one sin and we are sinners in need of God´s forgiveness."
13 Sarah R = "Jesus expanded the commandments to show that it is not just the action that was sinful, but also the thoughts and motives of the heart:27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.“ (Matthew 5:27-28)"
14 Sara Di Diego = "These were considered the worst sins of violating one's neighbor.Work Cited:http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/jamieson-fausset-brown/james/james-2.html"
15 Sarah R = "21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.“ (Matthew 5:21-22)Note: ´raca´ is an Aramaic term of contempt."
16 Sara Di Diego = "James gives more detailed directions on the proper way to speak in James 3:5-12. "
17 Cary W = "Mercy triumphs over judgment! If we could only make that the banner of our politics, religions, and even family disputes, oh we shall save ourselves from so much pain and needless suffering. Again, our temptation to take the attitude of a god, thinking we have a right or need to be severe or rash in our condemnation or judgment of our brother, when Jesus whole life and message was to bear the penalty of the worst, so that we may all come into the fullness of God's rich grace and mercy."
18 Enakshi Ganguly = "Week 5: Faith That is Alive"
19 Enakshi Ganguly = "FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD"
20 Enakshi Ganguly = "Faith and DeedsLeader's Guide: Faith and Deeds"
21 Sarah R = "The works James refers to are comparable to the fruits, or works, of the Holy Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22. Anyone who claims to be of the Christian faith but does not demonstrate changed conduct has a dead faith."
22 Sarah R = "¨Works are warm deeds of love springing from a right attitude to God. They are the fruits of faith. What James objects to is the claim that faith is there when there is no fruit to attest to it.¨- Leon Morris"
23 Sarah R = "This story is found in Genesis 22."
24 Sarah R = "Parallel verses: Genesis 15:6, Romans 4:3 & 22, Galatians 3:6, and Hebrews 11."
25 Sarah R = "2 Chronicles 20:7 ¨Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend?¨Also Isaiah 41:8."
26 Cary W = "Insincere faith produces no results, for sincere faith induces action by necessity of the prayer, faith and devotion to do the will of God, which is to love.  And love always produces fruitful thought, word and action."
27 Sarah R = "¨Faith is the instrument that links us to Christ. The New Testament emphasizes we are saved by faith and not by works: ´However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness´(Romans 4:5).¨At first sight, the epistle of James appears to disagree... The ´faith´ James criticizes is ´head belief´- mere intelectual assent to facts. Such ´faith´does not lead to holy living and hence is ´dead´or ´useless´(James 2:20). It has no saving value.¨- Little, Paul E. Know What You Believe. Page 133-134."
28 Sarah R = "The story of Rahab and the spies is found in Joshua 2."
29 Cary W = " It does not matter so much what we profess or claim to believe, for true, heartfelt faith always produces an outward step or act based on the life producing power and poise of living vital faith. Perhaps this is why religious debate should take a far, back seat to encouraging a faithful heart in a faithful Creator Who is One, regardless of what we call Him."