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The Tongue (9 of 16)
Introduction: 38,526 acres of land decimated 63 structures demolished 21 homes were destroyed, many injured, some dead and a forced evacuation of 15,000 people from their homes.
Was this the result of some earthquake? Tsunami? Tornado? Hurricane? War perhaps? No, this was the result of a small boy playing with matches in Los Angeles, CA in October of 2007. Proving true the words of our text:
TEXT: James 3:5b 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.
CONTEXT: The power of the tongue is the preeminent recurring theme in the letter of James. Remember that our writer, James is the lead Pastor of the mother Church in Jerusalem. At this point in Church History fledgling congregations were springing up all over the Roman Empire as newly converted believers were returning from their pilgrimage to Jerusalem for Pentecost, where they were ambushed by grace. 3000 souls were saved, filled with the Spirit and baptized - many of whom returned to their hometowns and gathered together to recreate what they had in Jerusalem. From their Apostles and Prophets were sent out from Jerusalem to instruct and build up these congregations in their new found faith. A letter from the senior Pastor was also distributed throughout the Churches, the letter of James which we are studying today. It is considered a General epistle because it was not directed to a specific congregation but to the Church Universal. Now if you were in the position of James what issues would you address?
This great Pastor James apparently saw one of the greatest threats to the infant Church as being the tongues of his members. This is the one subject he addresses in every Chapter in his letter.
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