Welcome to the third of five studies of the Book of James. This lesson covers James Chapter 3.
Since this chapter discusses the miseries we create with our unbridled tongues, I thought I would share these amusing yet regrettable quotes from other unbridled tongues with you.
The following is a list of statements made many years ago by experts in their fields.
1. In Word Pictures in the New Testament A.T. Robertson related that verse one of James Chapter 3 could properly be translated “Stop being many teachers” and states that “There is thus a clear complaint that too many of the Jewish Christians were attempting to teach what they did not clearly comprehend.”
Robertson also observes that this “soon became an acute question, as one can see in I Corinthians 12 to chapter 14.” I Corinthians 12:28 tells us that God appoints teachers in the church.
Does a reading of the first ten verses of Chapter 23 of the Gospel of Matthew give us an idea of why so many in the early church would want to become teachers?
2. James includes himself as teacher in James Chapter 3 verse 1 and states that teachers will be judged more strictly. Why should teachers be judged more severely? Does a reading of Mark 12:38-40 give us any insight?
1. We all have regrettable quotes. The examples of unbridled tongues at the top of this page are regrettable in the sense that the speakers had bad business sense or judgment regarding the subjects of their purported expertise. The examples here from James Chapter 3 are not about business judgment or expertise. What is the context of James’ writings on the tongue or verbal communication in the early church?
2. What are the analogies of the tongue from the following verses of James Chapter 3:
3. James mentioned the tongue or a manner of speaking earlier in this epistle three times. Cite the three verses.
1. What are the descriptions and the dangers of the tongue that we see in James Chapter 3 verses 6 and 8?
2. Exam your life. Could you make a list of the top ten regrettable things you have said to other people? Why was it regrettable? Why do we say these things?
1. What can we do to avoid future regrets and control our tongues? Look at the following verses. What advice do they offer?
2. Sins of the tongue are so common they have been categorized. What is the sin of the tongue from the following examples from Scripture?
1. What are the great things we can do to please God with our mouths and with our tongues or speech? List five.
2. In the last five verses of James Chapter 3 the author contrasts the wisdom of man with the Wisdom of God. Compare the wisdom of God and the wisdom of man in these verses.
1. What are the two factors that occur in James Chapter 3 verses 14 and
16 and what is their result shown in James Chapter 3 verse 16?
2. What is the result of Godly wisdom we see in James Chapter 3 verse 18?