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Worship Series - "God's Toolbox for Life!"

This Sunday - August 3 - Faith and Deeds

August 10 - Taming the Tongue

August 17 - True Wisdom

August 24 - Submit to God

August 31 - Prayer of Faith


Order of Worship


Pre Worship: All You Need Is Love!

Welcome, Singing  & Prayer

Children’s Time

Announcements & Offering

Scripture: James 2:1-9 and 12-13

Special Song: “Faithful One”

Scripture: James 1:19-25

Message: “Treating People Respectfully”

... Donna Gileno


Closing Song & Blessing




Scripture: James 2:1-9 and 12-13

The Message


1-4 My dear friends, don’t let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith. If a man enters your church wearing an expensive suit, and a street person wearing rags comes in right after him, and you say to the man in the suit, “Sit here, sir; this is the best seat in the house!” and either ignore the street person or say, “Better sit here in the back row,” haven’t you segregated God’s children and proved that you are judges who can’t be trusted?

5-7 Listen, dear friends. Isn’t it clear by now that God operates quite differently? He chose the world’s down-and-out as the kingdom’s first citizens, with full rights and privileges. This kingdom is promised to anyone who loves God. And here you are abusing these same citizens! Isn’t it the high and mighty who exploit you, who use the courts to rob you blind? Aren’t they the ones who scorn the new name—“Christian”—used in your baptisms?

8-9 You do well when you complete the Royal Rule of the Scriptures: “Love others as you love yourself.”

12-13 Talk and act like a person expecting to be judged by the Rule that sets us free. For if you refuse to act kindly, you can hardly expect to be treated kindly. Kind mercy wins over harsh judgment every time.

Going Deeper

God's Tool Box for Life

"Treating People Respectfully"

July 27, 2014


Warm Up:

Think about a time in your life when you were treated disrespectfully.  How did it make you feel?  What did you think about the person?  What are some of the ways Jesus modelled treating people with respect?


Diving In:

1) Re-read the scripture passage in James.  Notice there are three tools that James names that God offers us in our relationships with people.  Treat one another with respect, love and mercy.  What challenges you in this passage?  Reflect on your experience of using these tools effectively.  What happened?


2) Read through the following quotes from Nelson Mandela and Wayne Dyer.  In what ways do these align with the words that James speaks? Do you agree or disagree with these statements and why?


“People must learn to hate and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to LOVE for LOVE comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that RESPECTS and enhances the freedom of others.”  Nelson Mandela


“You get treated in life the way you teach people to treat you. When you judge others, you do not define them, you define yourself.”  Wayne Dyer


3)  One of James’ purposes was to help a community of people to not only talk their faith but live it as well.  What are some of the ways you find it easy to talk about the need for respect, love and mercy but sometimes are challenged to live that out in your life?  What are some of the ways that what you have read and heard this morning can help align your faith and actions?


Take Home: Memorize the last line of today’s text “Kind mercy wins over harsh judgment every time.”  Practice saying it and then acting it out in one challenging encounter this week and see how God helps you to use this tool for living.



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