Bible Study Guide:

Without Partiality; Without Hypocrisy

By Scarlett Stough


To prepare for this Bible study, please read the women in Christ commentary, Unbiased and Sincere.

From The American Heritage Dictionary (2006): definition of partiality: 2. Favorable prejudice or bias. 3. A special Fondness; a predilection.

From The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2001: "without partiality" 87 "adiakritos," undistinguished, impartial, primarily signifies not to be parted; hence, without uncertainty, or indecision, without partiality. [Strong’s does not show adiakritos used anyplace in the New Testament other than in James 3:17.]

"Without hypocrisy" 505 "anupokritos" This word signifies "true, unfeigned, without hypocrisy." It is translated "sincere" in the NIV, but "without hypocrisy" in the KJV.

I. Without Partiality

1. 1 Samuel 16:6-13 God passed over Jesse’s seven older sons in favor of his youngest son David to be the second king of Israel. What outward appearances would the older sons have had to make them look "kingly?" Think beyond looks. What do you think was the state of David’s heart that made him acceptable to God?

2. Acts 10:34-35 What are the qualities God looks for in those he accepts? Explain why this is salvation by grace and not by merit.

3. Isaiah 66:1-2 Why do you think God reminds us of his greatness before telling us how to impress him?

4. Matthew 7:1-5; Romans 3:21-31 What is the basis for being “without partiality” in our dealings with others?

5. How can we remain objective, setting aside our personal bias, prejudice, and preferences, so we can act wisely?

II. Without Hypocrisy

1. Matthew 7:5 Why do you think failure to remove one’s own "plank" is a form of hypocrisy?

2. Acts 5:1-11 What are some ways we Christians have practiced hypocrisy as Ananias and Sapphira did?

3. Luke 12:1-12 The "“yeast of the Pharisees", Jesus said, is hypocrisy. Then he went on to teach about openness. How can we put the leaven of hypocrisy from our relationships at home, at large, and at church?

4. 1 Corinthians 5:6-8 What connection do you see between hypocrisy and Paul’s admonition against the "yeast of malice and wickedness?" Can hypocrisy and sincerity and truth co-exist? Explain.

III. Sincerity and Truth

1. Romans 12:9; 2 Corinthians 6:3-10; 1Timothy 1:5 Define: sincere love, a pure heart, a good conscience, sincere faith. Give examples of each as applied to everyday life.

2. 2 Timothy 1:5-6; 1 Peter 1:22-23 How can we "fan into flame the gift of God?" Based on these scriptures, how can we develop "a sincere love?"

Optional:  Review the series on James 3:17. Business problems, childrearing challenges, family relationships, and church conflicts all seem to be very different areas of life. How are the characteristics of godly wisdom found in James 3:17 applicable in all circumstances of life?


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