In our continuing series in James, Peter explored with us the teachings of James 3:1-12. In this message we were consider who is a teacher and what is good teaching.
The Bible presents to us a range of teachers; Jesus (Matt 23:10), Elders (1 Tim. 3:2), those gifted (Eph. 4:11), those called (Matt. 28:18-20), and all the Lord’s servants (2 Tim. 2:24).
The Bible also shows us what is good teaching in the church; careful instruction (2 Tim. 2:24); clear instruction (Neh. 8:7-8); right words (Eccl.12:10); and stick to the subject (Eccl 12:11).
The life and heart of a teacher is also revealed to us; devoted to a dual ministry of prayer and the word (Acts 6:4); devoted to study, observation and teaching (Ezra 7:10); and compassionate (Mark 6:34).
We were asked the question… Is this me? Or is this for me?
James leads on that we all stumble in many ways but the perfect person is the one who has mastered control of his/her tongue or his/her speaking. So to help us believe this statement he takes us through a tuition.
The tongue is small but has a colossal capacity to effect change. Like a match. What sort of wrong comes from your tongue?
The tongue is reckoned to have a life of its own – like an untamed, wild and poisonous animal. It is not to be left untamed (Prov. 10:19; 15:28; 17:27). Speak less and with more thought.
Speech is often a mixture of good and bad. The mouth producing a mixture cannot produce blessing! Action and attention is needed (Jam. 1:21; 4:7-10).