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James 3:2-12 The Terrible Tongue. James 3:1-12 1 Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.

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1 James 3:2-12 The Terrible Tongue

2 James 3: 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!

3 James 3:1-12 (cont’d) 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.

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5 James 1:19 This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger James 1:26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man's religion is worthless. James 2:12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. James 4:11 Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law;

6 Title: The Terrible Tongue Outline: 1. The Power of the tongue (vv2-5) 2. The Problem of the tongue (vv6-8) 3. The Paradox of the tongue (vv9-12) 4. The Prescription for the tongue

7 Outline: 1. The Power of the tongue (vv2-5) 2. The Problem of the tongue (vv6-8) 3. The Paradox of the tongue (vv9-12) 4. The Prescription for the tongue

8 James 3:2-5 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!

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10 Outline: 1. The Power of the tongue (vv2-5) 2. The Problem of the tongue (vv6-8) 3. The Paradox of the tongue (vv9-12) 4. The Prescription for the tongue

11 James 3:6 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.

12 James 3:6 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. Mark 7: "That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. 21 "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries… deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. 23 "All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man."

13 James 3:6 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.

14 James 3:6-8 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.

15 Outline: 1. The Power of the tongue (vv2-5) 2. The Problem of the tongue (vv6-8) 3. The Paradox of the tongue (vv9-12) 4. The Prescription for the tongue

16 James 3: 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.

17 Matthew 12: "You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. 35"The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil.

18 Outline: 1. The Power of the tongue (vv2-5) 2. The Problem of the tongue (vv6-8) 3. The Paradox of the tongue (vv9-12) 4. The Prescription for the tongue

19 James 1: This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls.

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21 Discussion Questions 1) How would you define the following sins: gossip, slander, false testimony? Are any of these familiar to you? What is the heart behind each one of these? 2) Are you conscious/intentional of how you use your tongue? Do you use it more to serve yourself? Do you use it to serve others? 3) what you don’t say can speak volumes about your heart as well. how so?


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