Sunday, September 28, 2014

September 28, 2014

Sunday School
James 3:1-18
Controlling the Tongue

  • Those who teach will be judged more strictly.
  • Anyone who is never at fault in whatever they say is perfect.
  • No human begin can tame the tongue.
  • The tongue is restless evil, filled with deadly poison.
  • Harboring bitter envy and selfish ambition is no wisdom that comes down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual and demonic.
  • To use proper speech you must not only say the right words at the right time but also not say what you shouldn't.
  • Examples of an untamed tongue include gossiping, putting others down, bragging, manipulating others, false teaching, exaggerating, complaining, flattering and lying.
  • Before we speak, we should ask, "Is what I want to say true?" "Is it necessary?" "Is it kind?"

Philippians 3:14 & 2 Corinthians 4:4-9
Phi. 3  v14 - I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
2 Cor. 3  v8 - We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;  v9 - Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.

Subject: Stand Firm and Rejoice in the Lord

  • In Ephesians 3, Paul is fighting for Gentiles right to be Christians.
  • Jews and Gentiles are to be viewed as one with Christ.
  • Paul had the Great Commission to to into the world to preach the word of God.
  • 1 Corinthians 10:31 -Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

Ways We Are Pulled

  1. Downward pull - not speaking a kind word but always seems to say you know Christ. Always finding fault with others. You don't feel good about yourself, so you demean others.
  2. Inward pull - self centered, self righteous and having own agenda. 
  3. Backward pull - lack of vision for progress or anything else.
  4. Press outward pull - pushing upward toward Christ. Wanting to walk the correct way.
  5. Upward pull - happy in Christ in spite of what's going on around them.

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