James 3:1-12

1 Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.

 2 For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.

 3 Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well.

 4 Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires.

 5 So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.

See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!

 6 And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.

 7 For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race.

 8 But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.

 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God;

 10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.

 11 Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?

 12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh.

Church Vision Statement 

We are a biblically rooted church who wants to help you overcome life’s emptiness through a deeper relationship with Christ and connection to a family who cares.

Transformation Questions:

  • What are ways, with the exception of the pastor in the pulpit, could someone teach the Word?
    • We are constantly teaching people the Word. Whenever we say anything about God we are teaching about God. Some examples are in conversations with your family, co-workers, and in daily conversations. 
  • What are ways people use their tongue negatively?
    • People use their tongue wrongly in slander, gossip, speaking mean things out of anger, lies, saying wrong things about God, talking about subjects as an authority when we are not, and many more. 
    • Ask a follow-up question and try to have them describe how they have done these things in the past.
  • How do you feel people most often hurt you with their tongue?
    • How do you most often fail with your tongue? 
    • Break the ice, especially if you are doing this alone with your family by giving an example of how you most often fail. 
  • James describes Christians throughout his letter as often having blind spots where our faith does not match our actions. In our Christian culture, where do you think believers have blind spots? Where do their words not match their faith? Are there areas that Christians curse other people to which they might be blind?
    • Some possible areas: the way Christians talk about people who hold differing political ideologies than their own, the way Christian men talk about professional athletes and coaches, inappropriate jokes, giving prayer requests in a way to inform people on some hot gossip 
  • How should a Christian use their tongue or their words to benefit the world around them?
    • We should use our words to build people up. We should speak things that are true. We should use our words to encourage others. We should tell people that we love them and that there is a God that loves them. 
  • How can we glorify God in our speech during the coronavirus quarantine? 
    • We can call and facetime people from our church to check in on them. We can tell the world around us that we have peace in the storm we find ourselves in because God is in control of this situation too. Let people know that you are praying for them by name.
  • How can we practice an invitation mindset during quarantine? 
    • We can share the service on Facebook. You can send the service directly to someone’s phone. You can invite people to watch online next week at 10:00. Talk to your group to think about how we can leverage technology for the spread of the Gospel.