Enoch: Faith Has a Face
" 5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him." (Hebrews 11:5-6, ESV)
" 5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death..."
" 21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. 22 Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters.23 Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. 24 Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him." (Genesis 5:21-24, ESV)
"Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the certainty of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1, ESV)
v.22 "Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years..."
6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him."
"My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? (James 2:1-4, ESV)
"Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31, ESV)
"By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35, ESV)
"God has a story to write with each of our lives, while He doesn't promise that every chapters going to be easy, He promises to make sense of even the difficult chapters" ~ Jamie Saint
"...for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him." "(Hebrews 11:6, ESV)
"Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:16, ESV)
Partiality and Justice!
Sunday’s message from James 2:1-13 brought our attention to the topic of partiality is an unbiblical practice. Today’s study will further investigate the topic of partiality and how it fundamentally undermines the entire premise of Christianity.
1. In what ways do we see partiality manifest itself in our culture?
As a group, turn to and read Galatians 3:21-29
2. This passage mentions two types of unity. As a group, identify both of them.
3. What does this passage point out as the shortcoming of the law?
4. As a group, think about and discuss ‘the law,’ it is a tool of partiality or justice?
5. Based on this passage, in regards to our imprisonment under the law, what criteria do we have for practicing or showing partiality?
6. Also, according to this passage, there are no criteria for practicing or showing partiality in regards to our being set free from imprisonment under the law. But there are two reasons why, as a group examine this passage to identify and discuss them.
7. In case we were still wondering if there were any criteria for showing partiality--Paul addresses the issue for us in v28. As a group, discuss the criteria that Paul eliminates in v28.
Impact Statement Today’s passage proved that there is no criteria for showing partiality. Without Christ all are condemned under the law. Through Christ, all are redeemed through faith and baptized into the same family as descendants of Abraham. If the most basic criteria for distinction (Gal. 3:28) is no longer relevant for separating individuals, because all are one in Christ, then what would we use as a metric for showing partiality??!!