Yesterday we continued our Five Star series in James with an awesome message on “Life-Giving Communication”. This weekend was also our Kingdom Builder Update Weekend, which we do the first weekend of every month. Our 2011 Kingdom Builders focus includes up-fitting our next generation facilities, financial freedom and Europe church planting. To learn more about being a Kingdom Builder, click here.
If you missed this weekend’s message on the power of our tongue, I strongly encourage you to listen to it. And, even if you didn’t miss it, it’s one that I know I will listen to again! You can watch it here and listen to it here.
James 3:1-12, “Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way. We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself. People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.”
The Tongue Has the POWER TO PROVIDE DIRECTION.
The Tongue has the POWER TO DESTROY.
The Tongue has the POWER TO CHANGE THE WORLD!
We have choices every time we speak…
Our Words Should ENCOURAGE Not Discourage
Hebrews 3:13, “But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.”(NIV)
Our Words Should BUILD UP Not Tear Down.
1 Thessalonians 5:11, “So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.”(NLT)
Our Words Should BLESS Not Curse.
Here is this weekend’s worship set…
Freedom is Here – Hillsong
Kingdom Come – Elevation Worship
Stay Amazed – Gateway Worship
The Greatness of Our God – Hillsong
No Reason to Hide – Hillsong