We often hear of the danger of guns, knives and bombs, etc, but the human tongue is perhaps the most dangerous instrument in existence. As small as it is, it has done an incredible amount of damage. Today we will begin a two-week look at what James has to say about our tongues.
16. The 2 1/2 Ounce Monster (Part II) 08/16/2020
Text: James 3:7-12
Last week we examined the destructive nature of our tongues. The tongue is an out-of-control fire that can do widespread damage. Today we will look at how our tongues can be controlled. James said that no man can tame them, but that doesn't mean there is absolutely no way to fix our speech. Our study will take us to the words of David and Paul as well as those of James.
17. Show Me Your Wisdom 08/23/2020
Text: James 3:13-18
James 3 concludes with important words concerning true wisdom. There is a wisdom of this world; we seem to be born with it actively directing our old nature. We should not live by the wisdom that comes from within or from below; we need the wisdom from above. "Show Me Your Wisdom" is our study in this message.
James is willing to confront problems within the church. In chapter 1 he addressed a lack of faith, anger, only hearing and not doing the Word and false religion among believers. As we enter chapter 2, he addresses another serious issue: prejudice. We will study this pertinent matter today.
12. Let's Do Well 07/12/2020
Text: James 2:5-13
The Lord Jesus was once asked what the greatest commandment was. The two-part answer He gave is evidently forgotten too often; or at least the second part of His answer is. It definitely isn't obeyed as well as it should be. Today we will learn that obedience to the second greatest commandment will keep us from practicing bias in the church.
13. Making Our Faith Visible 07/19/2020
Text: James 2:14-20
As we continue our study in the letter written by James, we come to a passage that is viewed by some as controversial; but in reality, these verses strike at the heart of the reality of our profession of faith. Is our faith genuine? How do we know it? Or better yet, how can we show it? We will examine the importance of "Making Our Faith Visible" today.
14. Justified by Works 08/02/2020
Text: James 2:21-26 It has been said that "We are saved by faith alone; but the faith that saves is not alone". Works complete our faith. Without the evidence of works, it can be questioned whether our faith is genuine. In this message we will conclude our study of James 2 by looking at the important assertion of James that we are justified by works and not by faith only.