James 3:7-12 – The Test of the Tongue (contd.)

Context—James continues to make his argument about the tongue: James 3:7-8– “no human being can tame the tongue,” although every kind of animal (beast and bird, creeping things, and sea creatures) “can be tamed or has been tamed by mankind.” The point is this: while man is able to restrain

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James 3:1-3 – The Test of the Tongue

The tongue is one of the indicators of what is in the heart. See Luke 6:43-45, Mark 7:14-23, and Matt. 15:11-20. Consider Isaiah 6:1-7 where we see Isaiah’s response as he is exposed to the holiness of God. Isaiah uses the “tongue” as a measuring gauge for his sinful condition. 

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James 2:18-21 – A Living Faith

Review: (1) Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ alone; (2) Scripture must be understood in its context in order to avoid error; (3) James describes what a transformed life looks like— that is, that good works must necessarily result from genuine faith in Christ as Savior and Lord;

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James 2:14-16 – Faith and Works

A. A proper interpretation of James’ message requires us to look at the recipient of James’ letter and its context, as this passage is used by some people to argue that faith alone cannot save— that is, “works” is a necessity for salvation. However, it becomes clear that James’ point

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James 2:1 – The Sin of Partiality

Review: During his ministry, Jesus had rebuked the Pharisees for their hypocrisy. They were religious but unrighteous. This inconsistency is what we are warned against in James 1:26-27. If we are followers of Christ, our walk should be consistent with our talk. Our lives should reflect the truth we have

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James 1:26-27 – Religious or Made Righteous?

Review: Believers are called to not be mere hearers of the Word, but doers of the Word.  This truth is further emphasized in James 1:26-27.  Note the contrast between “external performance” and “internal transformation” “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart,

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