Relational Spirituality

SteveTamayoTremendous sermon on the liabilities of our tongue, both in what we say and don't say.

Without Jesus we are doomed to miscommunication at best, enmity at worst; with him our speech is transformed.

MY STUPID MOUTH

Street Level Faith

James 3:3-12

Steve Tamayo

Our stupid mouths get us into trouble

 Misunderstandings 

Misstatements 

Unwise commitments

The tongue is powerful – James 3:5b-6

 A single spark can start a forest fire 

Our words can have huge negative consequences  Those consequences can impact us for a long, long time Whoever controls our tongues controls us – James 3:3-5a

 Two illustrations from James: a horse/bit and a ship/rudder

 Whoever controls your tongue controls you

 Who controls your tongue? A Parable Our struggle for control – James 3:7-8

 James claims we can’t tame our tongues

 Do we believe him? Switch

 Direct the Rider, Motivate the Elephant, Shape the Path

 Science can help us control our tongues … but only briefly and unreliably

 If changing behavior is easy, why is taming your tongue so tough? The search for single-origin speech – James 3:9-12

 Look at the likeness (verse 9) o What does it mean that we’re made in God’s likeness? o

What does God do with his speech? 

Commit to the search (verse 10) 

Call it what it is (verse 11-12) 

The heart of the problem is a problem of the heart How do we develop single-origin speech?

 

http://www.chathamchurch.org/mediaPlayer/#sermonaudio/433

 

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