James 3 - bridles and rudders and sparks, OH MY!

Updated: May 26, 2020

Guys, the word of God is our mirror (nod to chapter 1) and chapter 3 can be a particularly hard place to look. Remember, the idea is maturity, not flawlessness. Let this word have it's way in your heart as we are all being sanctified and transformed... one day to be found complete, lacking nothing!...one day!

James Chapter 3 Observation Questions:

(We will keep these in mind each week)

1. Where (or how) do you see the Gospel in this chapter?

2. What attributes of God were exhibited?

3. What are repeated words/phrases? What is their significance?

"Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts." (James3:16 MSG)

Helpful Content:

Try reading the chapter 3 in a few different versions to observe the nuances each can give. We will look at two main themes this week: the tongue and wisdom.

RightNowMedia has a great series by Francis Chan on The Book of James and specifically chapter 3. Here's the link if you're interested:


Study Questions:

1a. The tongue is likened to a bit in the mouth of a horse or the rudder of a ship. A small piece that turns the entire object. This implies there are hands that control the reigns or the rudder. What hands are controlling your tongue? (Don’t limit your answer to you vs. God)

1b. What does a ship look like if the rudder isn’t controlling it? Based on your answer to 1a., what does that look like in your life?

1c. Does a vow of silence solve the problem of the tongue? Is “holding our tongue” evidence of or indicative of righteousness? Why or why not?

2. What is the meaning of meekness is in Vs. 13? Does society’s definition of meekness (and/or the messages/expectations you received growing up) impact the way you read and receive this verse?

3. James describes the mark of true wisdom vs the mark of ungodly wisdom? How are they different?

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