Countdown to Worship
“Way Maker,” Michael W. Smith.
First Music Offering
“Who Can,” Cochren & Co.
Second Music Offering
“You Say,” Lauren Daigle.
Third Music Offering
“Who You Are To Me” Chris Tomlin featuring Lady A.
“Communion,” Third Day.
Words: How They Shape Your World, Pastor Justin Miller.
Closing Prayer: Ken Smith
Words: How They Shape Your World, Pastor Justin Miller.
"How dare she say that to me?" "He posted WHAT on Facebook?" Gossip. Slander. Sarcasm. It’s everywhere, and especially online. "Oh, but I wouldn’t say things like that!" Are you sure? What kind of words are WE putting out there? Pastor Justin Miller is going to talk about how Our Words Create Our World from the Book of James.
James 3:3-8 New International Version
3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.
4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.
5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.
6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind,
8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
1. How does James describe the tongue, and what comparisons does he use?
A. A bit can control a large horse, a small rudder controls a large boat or ship, a spark can start a forest fire
B. The tongue is a small part of the human body, however it makes great boasts, it is a fire
and can be a world of evil with power to destroy
C. It corrupts the whole body and sets one’s life on fire
D. No human can tame the tongue, it’s a restless evil, full of deadly poison
2. Our words create our world. What does our world look like today?
A. Fear from the Coronavirus pandemic, elections, political strife, personal strife
B. Fear in the heart can lead to destructive words & to division
C. The tongue has the power of life and death
Proverbs 18:21 New International Version
21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
James 3:9-12 New International Version
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.
10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?
12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
3. Why do you think so many people have such a negative view of Christians?
A. Too many Christians are very vocal about what they are against
B. Too many Christians use their tongues (words) in destructive ways
C. We are Christ’s ambassadors, so we’re walking, talking billboards for Christ & the Christian faith! The world sees both exemplary and terrible behavior from “Christians”
D. With the the tongue we can praise God, but we can also curse other people
E. We all fall short of God’s glory, but do we give others the same grace that God gave us?
Colossians 4:6 New International Version
6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
4. What if the words (spoken & written) from every Christian reflected what Jesus wanted us to reflect? What would that look like?
A. We would speak about what we’re for rather than what we’re against,
B. Jesus gave us a new command- to love one another as he loved us. (John 13:34-35) Then everyone (the world) will know that we are his disciples, if we love one another.
C. We would see others more the way God sees them
D. We would show others the grace that God gave us (Romans 15:7 ESV)
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 New International Version
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin[b] for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Ephesians 4:29 New International Version
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Matthew 15:18 New International Version
But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.
5. When it comes to the words coming out of your heart and through your mouth, what do you need to change?
A .Become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)
B. Live as one of Christ’s ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20)
C. Speak the truth with grace (John 1:14)
D. Let the Holy Spirit lead you to speak with love, not fear (2 Timothy 1:6-7)
E. Use wholesome words to build others up according to their needs (Eph. 4:29)
F. No human being can tame the tongue (James 3:8), so ask God for help
Never forget, God is in you and with you always. He will never forget you, He will never turn away. He is listening and always, God Loves You No Matter What!
ANNOUNCEMENTS & EVENTS
for the week of 11-29-2020
Wednesday, Doors open at 6pm, study starts at 6:30.
Not Your Mama’s Bible Study presents
Following The Messiah
Jeremy Dehut and Barry Britnell
See the gospel through a different lens as two men explore the places where Jesus lived during His life on earth in Appian Media’s Following The Messiah. Get up close to the ruins of the ancient city of Capernaum, take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, and walk through the arid wilderness of Judea. Jeremy Dehut and Barry Britnell are your tour guides on this incredible journey through the Bible lands, both old and new.
Over a year in the making, Following The Messiah tells the story of Jesus Christ as told through the Bible and its lands.
Beverages and a light snack will be served.
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We thank you for joining with us in worshiping our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We hope that you enjoyed our service today and encourage you seek God in everything that you do.
At Real Hope In Christ our purpose is to love the Lord our God with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our mind.
Our focus begins with all the people of Citrus County and by the Grace of God we will:
Gather together to worship and celebrate God,
Grow in our knowledge and faith,
Give in love and,
Go out into the world to shine brightly with the light of salvation from our Savior Jesus Christ and tell the world what we know is true; God Loves You No Matter What!