Exalting Christ and Loving People

The Tongue & Two Kinds of Wisdom

Service for November 8th, 2020: Pastor Greg MacCallum will be continuing his series from the book of James.

Video

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Sermon Audio

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Notes

(Printable version of sermon notes: James-Tongue-Wisdom.pdf )

This week’s Life Hack: Frost Free Windshield

James 3:1-2

  • “With great power comes great responsibility”-Uncle Ben (vs. 1) “…From everyone who has been given much, much will be
  • demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” – Luke 12:48
  • No one is perfect… except Jesus… (vs. 2)

Keep yourself in check! (or others will…)

“Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.” (Proverbs 10:19)
(Job 1:22, Psalm 39:1, Proverbs 17:28, 21:23, 1 Peter 3:10)

Hack #1 You WILL Stumble.

The Word of the Day: HUMILITY.

James 3:3-12
 Little things can have GREAT influence (vs. 3-6)
 No one can tame the tongue (vs. 7-8)
 Romans 3:9-19 (Psalm 140:3, Proverbs 12:18, Proverbs 18:21)
 “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch” (vs. 9-12)

Hack #2 God is the TONGUE TAMER.

James 3:13-18
Worldly wisdom vs. Godly wisdom (vs. 13) “Stupid is as stupid does” – Forest Gump
A wrong attitude damages Godly wisdom (vs. 14-16) Galatians 5:19-21
Godly wisdom results in; (vs. 17-18):

  • Humility (vs. 13)
  • Purity
  • Peace-loving
  • Considerate
  • Submissive
  • Merciful
  • Bearing Good Fruit
  • Impartial
  • Sincere
  • Peacemaker
  • Growth in Righteousness

Hack #3 HUMBLY Ask God For HIS Wisdom.

Digging Deeper

(For use in personal/family devotions or with your care group)
Q1: Recall a time when you’ve hurt someone with your words. What was motivating you? How did this affect your relationship with that person?
Q2: What do our words tell us about our hearts? Why is the tongue so difficult to control?
Q3: What are two or three practical ways you can be more careful with your words?
Q4: How does James’ instructions apply to social media – texts, emails, online communication, etc.?
Q5: Who in your life has exemplified and imparted godly wisdom? What characteristics mark their life? How have you done this with others?
Q6: Read Luke 6:43-45. How are you training yourself (with the help of the Holy Spirit) to store good things in your heart?
Q7: Read Proverbs 2:1-11. What practical steps do you take to search for God’s wisdom? Share an example of how godly wisdom has protected you.