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Oct 14, 2018

Everyday faith speaks as it has been spoken to - Guest Speaker

Everyday faith speaks as it has been spoken to - Guest Speaker

Passage: James 3:1-12

Speaker: Edward Isingoma

Series: Everyday Faith: A study in the book of James

Category: Faith

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me break my heart.” One of the uniquenesses of being God-Image-Bearers is the ability to speak; to speak life about and into others or to speak death. Jesus, as The Word of God, has come to ReCreate us back into his image and Redeem our word, enabling us to become his words to a hurting world.

Order of Worship

Pre-Service Text: Psalm 34:1
Call To Worship: Psalm 34:1-3
Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 4:20-27
New Testament Reading: Luke 6:43-45
Sermon Title: Everyday faith speaks as it has been spoken to
Central Text: James 3:1-12
Benediction: Romans 16:25-27
Post-Service Text: Luke 6:45

Readings & Scripture

Pre-Service Text: Psalm 34:1
I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Call To Worship: Psalm 34:1-3
LEADER: 1 I will bless the Lord at all times;
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

ALL: 2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
let the humble hear and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!

Old Testament Reading: Proverbs 4:20-27
20 My son, be attentive to my words;
incline your ear to my sayings.
21 Let them not escape from your sight;
keep them within your heart.
22 For they are life to those who find them,
and healing to all their flesh.
23 Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.
24 Put away from you crooked speech,
and put devious talk far from you.
25 Let your eyes look directly forward,
and your gaze be straight before you.
26 Ponder the path of your feet;
then all your ways will be sure.
27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left;
turn your foot away from evil.

New Testament Reading: Luke 6:43-45
43 “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit,44 for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. 45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Central Text: James 3:1-12
James 3:1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. 3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. 4 Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

Benediction: Romans 16:25-27
25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— 27 to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

Post-Service Text: Luke 6:45
45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Related Scriptures:

  • Isaiah 6:1-8
  • Matthew 7:15-20
  • Matthew 12:33-34

Discussion Questions & Applications:

  1. How and Why do we communicate differently through these various modes of communication:
    a) Face to face b) Social media c) Text d) Behind people’s backs e) In my own head f) Silence
  2. How as it that I use my words in an effort to create my own good record?
  3. When I am using my words to tear somebody else down (through any of these previous modes) what am I saying about: the other person? God? Myself?
  4. Why are words so powerful? (think about Genesis 1 and how God made all of creation; also consider John 1, with Jesus being The Word of God).
  5. James isn’t just trying to get us to control what we say, but he is giving us a powerful method of revealing what we truly believe. Where do our words come from (see James 3:12)?
  6. So, what is the APPLICATION James is getting to?
    (hint, it’s not just to say nice things and not say bad things!)

Quotes:

  • Consider that the clergy are men of lie passions with yourselves: and though we should even hear a person teaching others to do, what he has not learned himself; yet, that is no sufficient reason for rejecting his doctrine: for ministers speak not in their own, but Christ's name. - George Whitefield
  • Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. - Elie Wiesel

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