The Tongue, the Bridle, and the Blessing: An Exposition of James 3:1-12 – Sinclair Ferguson

“The tongue is a fire,” says James, “a world of unrighteousness.”

Technologically speaking, we have made great strides in subduing the earth.  We can adjust the temperature of the air in our homes, cure diseases, travel from one continent to another in mere hours, erect magnificent buildings, transmit our voices through the airwaves… yes, we can do all of this, but we still cannot control our tongues.  It is untamed and full of poison.           

In this helpful message, Sinclair Ferguson sets out to achieve three goals.  He says, “I want us to try to get our arms around what James is saying by doing three things:

  1. By walking through these 12 verses of chapter 3 to see what James has to say about the use of the tongue.
  2. To stand back from that and put this teaching in the context of the whole book of James, to see the practical counsel he gives to believers.
  3. To stand further back and see how James sets this teaching on the tongue in the context of the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.”

The application at the end, which is patterned after Jonathan Edwards’ resolutions, is awesome.  It’s definitely worth the price of admission.  No, seriously, the message is excellent.

Difficulty: Beginner to Intermediate

Must Listen Factor: High. 

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