The Epistle of James

Destructive Tongue - James 3:6-8

Review:                                                                                                  

1.     Let the trial produce 1a 1-4

2.     Liberal Giver 1b 1-8

3.     Fades Away 1c 9-11

4.     Drawn Away by Lust 1d 12-16

5.     First Fruits 1e 17-20

6.     Doers 1f 21-27

7.     Rich in Faith 2a 1-5

8.     Guilty of All 2b 6-10

9.     Law of Liberty 2c 11-13

10.                        Dead faith 2d 14-20

11.                        Justified by Works 2e 21-26

12.                        Control the tongue 3a 1-5

13.                        Tongue is set on fire by hell 3b 6-8

 

Introduction: How afraid are you of fire?  What about hell fire?  Are you afraid of what the tongue can do?

       I.            On fire 6

A.    An evil fire 6

1.     The tongue is a fire 6

2.     A world of iniquity 6

B.     Defiles the whole body 6

1.     So is the tongue among our members 6

2.     That it defiles the whole body 6

C.     Set on fire by hell 6

1.     And sets on fire the course of nature 6

2.     And it is set on fire of hell 6

 

 

     II.            Untamable 7

A.    For every kind of beasts 7

1.     And of birds 7

2.     And of serpents 7

3.     And of things in the sea 7

B.     Tamable 7

1.     Is tamed 7

2.     And has been tamed by mankind 8

C.     But no man can tame the tongue 8

  III.            Evil and deadly 8

A.    The tongue is an unruly evil 8

B.     The tongue is full of deadly poison 8

 

Conclusion:  The tongue is an example of works.  Faith is evidenced by works.  The tongue’s action is a work.

Review: remember its all done by God’s power—what is on the inside of us

The difference between “faith evidenced by works” and a “works” salvation:

·        It depends on who performs the work.  God or me.  Faith accesses grace; grace is God’s power (God’s work) to say no to the sins of the flesh, selfishness-lust.

 

·        It also depends on what I am depending on.  Am I trying to do more good than bad so God will look favorable on me? So now it is a process to earn my salvation-which is impossible.  Or am I justified, saved in a moment of time by faith placed in Jesus Christ who gives me perfect righteousness and grace to continue in righteous living?

Tongue Control - James 3:1-5

       I.            The secret to controlling our whole body 1-2

A.    Teachers have greater responsibility 1

1.     My brethren, be not many masters 1

2.     Knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation 1

B.    Control the tongue (what’s inside us); control the whole body 2

1.     Control our words…2

a.     For in many things we offend all 2

b.     If any man offend not in word 2

2.     We are really talking about our heart condition; who we are on the inside; spelled out in our thoughts

a.     For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Mat 12:34)

b.     Our words will eventually picture to others what is on the inside

c.      What we love; we talk about; it sort of bursts out of us

3.     Control our whole body 2

a.     The same is a perfect man 2

b.     And able to bridle the whole body 2

 

 

     II.            Illustrations of control the little, to control the big  3-4

A.    Control the bit; control the horse 3

1.     Behold, we put bits in horses mouths 3

2.     That they obey us 3

3.     And we turn about their whole body 3

B.    Control the rudder; control the whole ship 4

1.     Takes a fierce wind to drive ships 4

a.     Behold also the ships 4

b.     Which though they be so great 4

c.      And are driven of fierce winds 4

2.     Yet turned by a small rudder 4

a.     Yet they are turned about 4

b.     With a very small helm 4

c.      Wherever the pilot (steering) turns (with violent motion) 4

  III.            Secret repeated 5

A.    Little but powerful (control it; what we are on the inside!! And you control your whole body) 5

1.     Even so the tongue is a little member 5

2.     And boasts great things 5

B.     Next time 5-

1.     Behold how great a matter a little fire kindles 5

2.     More about fire next time—the destructive force

 

Conclusion:  What does James mean by “justified by works”?  Faith produces works just like an apple tree produces leaves and apples. 

Review: remember its all done by God’s power—what is on the inside of us

The difference between “faith evidenced by works” and a “works” salvation:

·        It depends on who performs the work.  God or me.  Faith accesses grace; grace is God’s power (God’s work) to say no to the sins of the flesh, selfishness-lust.

 

·        It also depends on what I am depending on.  Am I trying to do more good than bad so God will look favorable on me? So now it is a process to earn my salvation-which is impossible.  Or am I justified, saved in a moment of time by faith placed in Jesus Christ who gives me perfect righteousness and grace to continue in righteous living?