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Say What? - Pastor Jon Zondervan

Mike Popenhagen

Say What?

James 3:1-12 ESV
Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.
How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.

Your tongue is either speaking DEATH or LIFE

Proverbs 18:21 ESV
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

What are you saying… over your situation?

Matthew 12:34-37
You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
  • Negativity
  • Gratefulness
Ephesians 5:20 ESV
…Giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…

What are you saying… over others?

  • On Social Media
  • Gossip
Proverbs 20:19 NIV
Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler.
  • Sarcasm
Proverbs 26:18-19 NIV
Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!”

Be an Encourager

Hebrews 3:13 NIV
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.
  • Speak Life Over Yourself