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February 19, 2023
The Things That I Say? | Session 6

BY: Sarah Thomson
DATE: Sunday 19 February 2023

James | Chapter 3 | Verses 1-13


Why do the words I say matter? It’s said that for every 1 negative word that is spoken to us we need 10 positive words to cancel it out. Our words have really powerful consequences so maybe there isn’t such a thing as a little white lie or a harmless bit of gossip. James reminds us of the power of the things that we say and the importance of using our words as worship to God at all times.

  Youth Resources

Sorry, no resources this week. Generations Gathering and Youth (Roc Solid) Weekend Away. 

  Bible Study Questions

Each week there are TWO different sets of questions for you to use, whether you are exploring the Bible within your Life Group, in other group settings, or simply using them on your own.

These are simple questions to provoke discussion together out of the talk (ideal if you are watching our Sunday Service online with others in your group):

1 | Was there anything that particularly helped you during the talk?

2 | Was there anything that you didn’t necessarily agree with, or found difficult to understand in the talk?

3 | As a result of the talk, what:

a. Changes do you want to see?

b. Truths do you need to remember?

c. Actions do you need to take?


These are questions that are based on the talk and the surrounding themes:

Read James Chapter 3, verses 1 – 13


1 |  Were there any points that stood out for you from the talk on Sunday? Was there anything you particularly agreed or disagreed with?

 2 | Why do the words of teachers (and anyone speaking in an up front role) matter so much?

 3 | Which of James’ word pictures about speech do you most relate to, and why?

 4 | How do James’ imperatives about speech ethics cause you to pause before you speak?

 5 | What will you do with your words/ change about your words this week to spread grace and not fire? Be specific with examples.

6 | Take some time to pray for one another to be people who show Jesus to those around us through the things we say.


As you work thorugh these questions pray for one another to deepen and develop your relationship with Jesus in this year ahead.


  Bible Study Resources

WEBSITE |Helpful brief overviews of James: The Bible Project: James Video. (8 mins)

BOOK | The Letter of James by Scot McKnight (a shorter version with questions is also available: James & Galatians by
Scot McKnight). Please contact us to borrow a copy if you are preparing teaching material.

BOOK | The IVP Bible Background: Commentary by Craig S. Keener.

# Helpful for a brief overview of James.

BOOK | James NIV Scripture Journal

# Single copy £1 from this website.

FREE copies will be available at church THIS SUNDAY (8 January).





Riverside is a church made up of people from a diversity of backgrounds and experiences all with one thing in common, our discovery of God and his amazing love. 

We are on a journey together to ‘help people get to know Jesus and grow as his followers’. 

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