What does it say?
- Read James 3:1–12
- Who is James addressing?
- What does he tell them?
- What illustrations does he use?
What does it mean?
- What reasons does James give for his warning?
- Why is this particularly pertinent for teachers (v.1)?
- What do the illustrations help us see about the tongue?
- How does the tongue "guide" our whole body/life?
- What does it mean that the tongue is
- "a world of unrighteousness" (v.6a)?
- "staining the whole body" (v.6b)?
- "setting on fire the entire course of life" (v.6c)?
- "set on fire by hell" (v.6d)?
- "a restless evil, full of deadly poison" (v.8)?
- What is James trying to emphasize?
- Why can no human being tame the tongue?
- What hope is there for us then?
- What do v.9–10 teach us about
- How we use our tongues
- What that reveals about us
- Consider v.11–12.
- What is the logic that these rhetorical questions and images teach us about words and the Christian life?
- How do these verses connect our behaviours with our identity?
How should it change us?
- Confess ways from the last week that you have used your tongue/words in sinful ways which are unbecoming of a Christian. (Perhaps even go to that person and ask for forgiveness)
- How does the gospel empower you to tame the untamable tongue? What might that actually look like as you seek to battle using your tongue for evil?
- How do you treat poor Christians?
- Why is this a sign of if you are a true Christian or not?