Is Cursing a Sin?

A study by Rachel Marie and Ayana Jarah

Jarah and I had come across a couple of people who have claimed to be Christians, followers of Christ Jesus, who have been cussing. Upon coming together to study the topic, we came across the following pieces of scripture that helped seal what we now believe to be true: cussing is a sin.

Cussing, or cursing someone out could be defined a variety of ways, especially considering context. Often one can claim that they use words considered taboo in order to emphasize their point.

Curse- utter offensive words in anger or annoyance (Google)

Cussing is a sin because…

… it is unwholesome and non-beneficiary.  

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:29, ESV)

Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. (Ephesians 5:4, ESV)

 You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. (Matthew 13:34, ESV)

…it is contrary to the character of God– which we are aiming to become. 

With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water. (James 3:9-12, ESV)

For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. (Luke 6:43-45, ESV)

…God says so. 

But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice,slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. (Colossians 3:8, ESV)

“Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” (1 Peter 3:10-12, ESV)

 

We hope this study benefits you as much as it did us! :)

God’s Sovereignty

(A Psalm 46 Study)

GOD'S SOVEREIGNTY

A sermon by Pastor Rudy Dolloso

Transcribed by Rachel Marie

What do you do when life becomes difficult?

I’ve learned to cling on to Psalms 46 in these times.

Psalms 46:10 — Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in faith.

1. Be still and know Him as a refuge. 

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah –(Psalm 46:1-3, ESV)

God is relentless in times of change. We see this to be so in Psalms 18:2-3. When we are exhausted, God is able to strengthen us. (Isaiah 40:28-31)

God is always there to provide help for us. He is ever-present. May we do away from pride and run to God for help. (Psalms 34:17-19)

2. Be still and know Him as a river. 

Time and time again, we see God to be known as a river:

In Jeremiah 2:13— for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.

In John 4:14— but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

In John 7:38— Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

3. Be still and know Him as the ruler. 

Psalm 46: 8— Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. ( ESV)

 

The Cross is The Most Fitting Form of Salvation

Message by Pastor Rudy Dolloso

Transcribed by Rachel Marie

(For) it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. (Hebrews 2:10, ESV)

1. The cross is the most fitting form of salvation because it corresponds with God’s plan for creation (or His character).

The way of salvation is not coincidental or by chance; rather, perfect of God’s character.

The Author of Salvation poured Himself into the solution:

Creation was done through a single word (Genesis 1:1). He spoke the world into existence. Salvation, however, was something else. It was not enough to speak salvation into motion, so the God of the Universe sends down the Word, and He becomes flesh (John 1:1).

2. The cross is the most fitting form of salvation because Jesus becomes a perfect pioneer for our salvation. 

Christ, the radiance of God’s glory (Hebrews 1:8), is perfect. How, then, is He made more perfect through suffering?

Christ’s experience in the human flesh made him to be the perfect candidate to be our savior because He experienced what it meant to be human. Imagine this: The God who made us came down to experience what we experience: putting into practice obedience, suffering, resisting temptation and the like.

3. The cross is the most fitting form of salvation because of what is accomplished through the Crucifixion. 

Christ’s death and resurrection– His suffering– allows us to later experience glory.

Take note, though, that because we are followers of Christ, we, too, will experience suffering…

John 15:20– Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. (John 15:20, ESV)

2 Timothy 3:12– Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

…but it will be worth it.

Romans 8:18–  I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Birth Pains

This is an excerpt from the message Jesus Is The Jewish Messiah by Nash Quintans.

In Matthew 24:8, Jesus talks about the birth pains that are to come. What are birth pains?

In 8th verse of this passage, Jesus talks about birth pains. What are birth pains?

1. Deception (Matthew 24:4)

2. Wars and Rumors (Matthew 24:6)

3. Famines (Matthew 24:7a)

4. Earthquakes (Matthew 24:7b)

5. Public Persecution of Christians (Matthew 24:9)

 

A Prayer To Grow On

By Pastor Rudy Dolloso
Transcribed by Rachel Marie

Is your goal to be the best believer you can be for the glory of God?

Everything we do should be for the glory of God– there is no partitions or compromises.

We can draw out, from Colossians 1:9-4, a beautiful prayer that Paul offers up for the church in Collosea

The prayer has four basic components:

 

1. God’s will must fill us. (Colossians 1:9)

Paul encourages

cross references: Colossians 3:16

2. That a worthy walk is what thrills us. (Colossians 1:10)

a. Pleasing God in every way. (Colossians 1:10b)

b. Bearing fruit in every good work. (Colossians 1:10c)

3. That God’s power strengthens us.

That the Spirit gives us the power to endure sin. Endurance is only through the power of the Spirit of God.

4. That God’s grace is appreciated by us.

 

How well can people see Christ in you?