Our Meanest Member (7 of 14) by Ernest Easley

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Our Meanest Member (7 of 14)
Series: Christianity in Shoeleather
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
James 3:1-12
September 2, 2007

Now join me in the book of James where we find Christianity in Shoe leather! You've heard the expression "where the rubber meets the road?" Well .. that's the book of James. He gets down to where we live and helps us learn how to live. And not just any kind of life .. but the God blessed life! The kind of life that God longs to bless with blessings.
For example .. last week it was a Faith that Works. Yes, we are saved by faith .. but a faith that saves works! I like what evangelist D.L. Moody once said about that. "Before my conversion, I worked toward the cross, but since then I have worked from the cross. Then I worked to be saved; now I work because I am saved."
Yes .. we are saved by faith alone .. but a faith that saves is never alone! The way we reveal that we are saved is by our works!
Now as we come to chapter 3 .... I am saddened to tell you that we have a member in our church that is constantly and consistently causing trouble. In fact .. every time we open the doors that member is here. I'm talking about the meanest member in the church and the name of that member is mentioned in James 3.
Let's begin reading in verse 1 and when James mentions this member by name ... you stop me by saying "Woa."
Our Meanest Member
1 My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. 2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Indeed,[a] we put bits in horses' mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body. 4 Look also at ships: although they are so large and are driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder wherever the pilot desires. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. (Woa!)
See how great a forest a ...

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