After a question about faith and works, we look at James' discussion of our speech in James 3:2-6 both positive and negative — when to speak and when not to speak. We finally begin to explore the history of the word Gehenna for Hell.
Tonight's study covers James 3:6-13 dealing with the dangers of the tongue and beginning a discussion about wisdom. However, we take several digressions to discuss the history of the word Gehenna, religious practices in Canaan, how we can pervert Christianity into similar religious practices, the danger of judging Christ our teacher when we judge each other, and Hebrew expressions passed through Greek and then into English.
Tonight's study begins with several instances of sharing on the topic of perfection, completion, trials, and faith and then a question about Abraham's faith when offering Isaac. We return to the topic of teachers with a quote from Pope Gregory the Great and the proceed from where we left off in James 3:13-14 discussing the two wisdoms and the need to be honest with one's self.
We continue our examination of the two wisdoms in James 3 using examples in Paul's letters to the Corinthians and Peter's interaction with Jesus at the end of the Gospel according to John.