Redeemer Church Riverview
Sticks and Stones
February 21, 2021
Main Scripture Reference(s)
James 3:

Sticks and Stones

February 21, 2021 / James 3:


Song of Praise “Mighty To Save”
Call to Worship Isaiah 6:1-3
Song of Praise “Praise To The Lord”
Confession of Faith Proverbs 12:18
Song of Praise “Who You Say I Am”
Prayer of Adoration
Greet One Another
Confession of Sin Isaiah 6:4-5
Assurance of Pardon Isaiah 6:6-7
Prayer of Intercession
Giving of God’s Tithe and Our Offerings
Song of Preparation “Build My Life”
Scripture Reading James 3:1-12
Sermon “We Are The Church: A People Called, A People Sent: Sticks and Stones” Craig Swartz
Prayer of Commitment
Song of Response “It Is Well”


John Calvin:

“The tongue exists to reveal our hearts.”


“The tongue has no bones but is strong enough to break a heart.

So be careful with your words.”

Proverbs 13:3


James 3:1-5

Matthew 12:36-37

Proverbs 18:21

Tony Evans:

“That is why we must surrender our whole selves to Christ and remember that when we call Him Lord, that makes Him our master and it makes us His slaves.

Only then, with the tongue submitted to the perfect will of God, can we hope to master this great power we have been given to bless Him and bless others with our loving and empowering words.”

C. S. Lewis:

“The reason that the Germans killed the Jews was that they hated them.

The reason that they hated them was that they killed them.”


“What is done to you is of very little account compared to what is said about you.

Words can destroy confidence, morale, relationships, marriages and families in ways that sticks and stones can’t.”


Matthew 12: 34b-37


“Remember your tongue is a wet place, and it can slip easily.”

James 3:9-10

Colossians 3:8

Colossians 3:16

World Harvest Tongue Exercise:

For one week, do not:

Gossip (or spread a bad report),



blame shift (or make excuses),

defend yourself,


deceive others.


Morgan Blake:

“I am more deadly than the screaming shell from the Howitzer.  I win without killing. 

I tear down homes, break hearts, and wreck lives.  

I travel on the wings of the wind.  

No innocence is strong enough to intimidate me.  

No purity pure enough to daunt me.  

I have no regard for truth, no respect for justice, no mercy for the defenseless.  

My victims are as numerous as the sands of the sea, and often as innocent.  

I never forget and seldom forgive, and my name is gossip.”  


Proverbs 10:9

Isaiah 53:7

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