HOW OUR WORDS MATTER

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Jul. 12, 2020

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HOW OUR WORDS MATTER
 James 3:1-12

Introduction:   James is concerned that our faith in Jesus shapes our characters and lifestyles.  In this passage he is emphasizing the place and power of our speech in spiritual growth.

  1. THE PLACE OF THE TONGUE IN OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE (vv. 1-2)
  1. The Authority of a Teacher (Matthew 12:36)
  2. “Perfect:”   The Integrated Life
  1. THE POWER OF THE TONGUE (vv. 3-6)
  1. Our Speech Directs Where I Go (bits and rudders)
  2. Our Speech Can Destroy What I Have (sparks and fire)
  3. Our Speech Displays Who I Am (springs and roots)
  1. THE PROBLEM WITH THE TONGUE:  THE HUMAN HEART

* James 3:6b; 10-12

* Matthew 15:7-19

* Romans 3:10-14

  1. THE POWERLESSNESS TO TAME THE TONGUE (vv. 7-8)
  2. THE POSSIBILITY OF CHANGING THE TONGUE
  1. We Need a Higher Power
  2. We Need a New Heart

Conclusion:   God brings change by working His grace within us and abiding in Him through spiritual disciple.  

“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed-not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence-continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”                                                 Philippians 2:12-13