Life-Giving Speech (4 of 6) by Dave Gustavsen

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Life-Giving Speech (4 of 6)
Series: The Book of James - Faith Does
Dave Gustavsen
James 3:1-12

We're taking a few weeks to walk through the book of James. And we've been saying every week that James gives us a vision, or a picture, of what life could look like if we lived out our faith. So in chapter one he talked about how faith can affect the way we handle sort of the dark times of life. In chapter two he talked about how faith can change our tendency to show favoritism to certain people, and snub other people. And then also in chapter two, he kind of defines what he means by ''faith.'' He says if we just have good intentions, or if we just agree to certain facts about God, that's not actual faith. So the kind of faith the Bible talks about is not this religious, ethereal concept; it's something that inevitably shows up in the way we live.

So…today we come to chapter three. And James brings up a part of life that all of us engage in every single day…and we probably don't think too much about it. And I would say that in the past ten years or so, this part of life has become even more important, because of something that has changed in our culture. And James is going to help us think about all that. So…let's read James 3, first twelve verses:

1 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.

3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts ...

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