Sermon What Does Your Tongue Say?
James, the brother of Jesus & Early Church leader, wrote a brief book of wisdom that bears his name. In it are some of the most memorable lines of the New Testament. What he spoke guides our “tongues” to speak wisdom, like:
“If you lack wisdom, ask God who gives generously… Don’t be double minded…
Faith without works is dead, being alone… Tame your tongue… The prayers of a righteous person are effective… The rich should boast in their humiliation… Receive the crown of life promised by the Lord to those who love Him… Every good and perfect gift comes from above… I’ll show you my faith by my works… Be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger… Don’t blame God for your temptations. Your own deceitful desires, not God, tempts you… Mercy triumphs over judgment… Remember the patience of Job… The Royal Law is to love your neighbor & yourself… Who are you to boast?… You sin if you know the good you ought to do but don’t do it… You believe there is one God, even the demons believe that… The Lord is full of compassion and mercy… If you are sick, ask the elders to anoint you & pray for you… By turning a sinner away from their sins, you save them from death… Be rich in faith… Inherit the Kingdom promised to those who love Him.”
Let’s grow this wisdom into our lives. Our tongues will then speak wisdom. Here is how:
Pastor Les Hollon - May 15, 2016
What Does Your Tongue Say?
From Series: "James: Living Through God's Wisdom"
GENRE - James is the biblical book of wisdom in the New Testament. For instance - Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job, and a section of the Psalms are wisdom books in the Old Testament. In this brief book (5 chapters), God challenges us to trust Him enough to trust that His ways are the way to live wisely. There are also many wisdom sections in the New Testament. For example Jesus in the Sermon On The Mount (Matthew 5-7) taught wisdom in a way that significantly influenced James in writing his letter. But James is the New Testament book that, from its beginning to its ending, is best understood as wisdom literature. AUTHOR - For me there is sufficient evidence to conclude that James, the brother of Jesus, is the author of the book that bears his name. He grew beyond his childhood and early adulthood reluctance about Jesus. Ultimately he embraced Jesus as the Messiah, and became a wise & courageous leader in the Early Church. Paul highlighted that Jesus appeared to James at the resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:7) Luke records in Acts that on various occasions James participated in developing the early Christian community. James wisely led the church through the controversy of the Jerusalem Council. (Acts 15) TIME & AUDIENCE - James or 1 Thessalonians was the first written book of the New Testament, circa 45 A.D. The audience were Jewish Christians who were scattered in various regions of the Roman Empire.