Faith and Words

James 3:1-12


It counts for nothing if you claim to be a Christian but use your tongue for malice to bring others down. We will give an account for our speech on judgement day. Everything we say can and will be used against us in the court of God's law.

We can use our tongues for good or for evil. Be careful what you say to others, and to yourself. Put lies, gossip, slander, and cursing to death. Know your mouth needs more than plastic surgery (superficial adjustments of our speech), but that our speech reflects our heart. A fig tree cannot produce olives. We cannot say we are something, when our attributes and speech reveal the opposite. If you find your speech is ungodly, repent and ask Jesus to change your heart. Know that the Word of God has the power to purify our words, and to forgive us when we've gone astray. As you live in relationship with God, let his spirit change your heart to speak the truth in love.

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7 Jun 2015

Andrew Grills

Andrew is the Lead Pastor of City on a Hill Geelong. He has spent most of his life as an officer in the Australian Army. Graduating with the Sword of Honour from the Australian Defence Force Academy, he served in Infantry and Intelligence, including operations in East Timor with the commandos. He holds a postgraduate degree in International Relations from Oxford University and an MDiv from Ridley College. Andrew later became an Army Chaplain at the Australian Recruit Training Centre at Kapooka, before leaving the full time Army in 2013 to plant City on a Hill Geelong. Andrew has been married to his beautiful wife Danna for over 20 years and has five young children. He loves the ocean, traveling, camping, playing with his kids (including attending their innumerable sporting matches), and reading military history.

1 Jun 2015

Guy Mason

Guy is the founding and Senior Pastor of City on a Hill, a church that began in 2007 with a small team and a big vision. Today City on a Hill is a movement of many churches that gathers across multiple locations, in different cities and is united around the central mission of knowing Jesus and making Jesus known. Guy is a passionate communicator of the gospel who is committed to engaging culture with the beauty, truth, and relevance of Jesus. Guy graduated with a BA in Public Relations from RMIT University and has a Masters of Divinity from Ridley College. He is the husband to Vanessa and the father to four children. He is an ordained Anglican Minister and member of Acts 29.