James: True Religion Series
There is No 'In-Crowd'
. Imagine a Christian superstar visited our church - how would we receive him or her? We'd most probably have that mix of excitement and nervousness that comes from being around people who we consider to be 'above us' and who have so much social power over us. What would it be like to have this person's endorsement... but what about if they criticize us? We'll do all we can to get them to like us!
According to James, the whole idea of celebrity culture doesn't actually fit in the church. It's natural, but not OK. Treating any person as more or less important than any other is an offense not only to those who we disrespect, it's an offense to God! We look at Luke 15 for some hard-hitting challenges about how we apply this truth in the life of our church.