Preparation Question




Prejudice and discrimination are ongoing human problems and talking about them (especially with regard to the church) often makes us very uncomfortable. But God’s word addresses this issue in many ways and in many places, so God’s people need to think about it. Consider what it means to experience prejudice, or simply to struggle with being welcomed or feeling like an outsider.  


Bible study 

Read James 2 v 1-13  

  1. How does James show that favouritism is not just unhelpful but wrong (v 4-7)?  
  1. Why is it such a serious thing to do (v 8-13)?  
  1. Why does favouritism dishonor not only other people but God himself? And conversely, why is acting without partiality a reflection of God’s own character and actions? 


The Christian must not show any favouritism regarding clothing, wealth, class, accent, skin colour, background, achievements, or other external aspects of a person. The human tendency is to view others as partial, but not ourselves. The reality is that we all have our blind spots. 



We are amazed and stunned when we remember all that Jesus left behind when he came to rescue us and welcome us. Please might his great sacrifice for us spur us on to be willing to sacrifice for others. Please change our stubborn and pride-filled hearts to be more like yours. Please enable us to display the always-needed, eternally relevant, forever-glorious love of Jesus to all we meet, both on a Sunday morning and during the week. 


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Santhosh Thomas

Santhosh is one of our pastors, with special responsibility for overseeing our small groups and various teaching and discipleship programmes. Born and raised in London, he has previously worked in churches in Oxford and Central London. He’s married to Jess and along with their three young children they enjoy sport, swings and meeting new people!

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