Your words have great power. You can give courage or discourage in almost every conversation. God spoke the world into existence. We should recognize them when we speak there is also a great effect.
Often, we don’t realize how much harm or healing our words can do. The fact is that no one thing has more to do with encouragement than the words we speak.
This Sunday we will explore the power of words and how you can harness then to encourage and empower. can’t wait to share words.
Please read the following verses and consider the questions prayerfully.
STEPS TO PREPARE
PRAY FOR THE SERVICES AND FOR YOURSELF
AND ME AND THE OTHER TEACHERS.
PRAYERFULLY READ THE SCRIPTURES
AND CONSIDER THE DISCUSSION QUESTIONS.
MAKE PLANS TO ATTEND A PREACHING SERVICE AND A SMALL GROUP.
INVITE SOMEONE TO COME WITH YOU.
PREPARING FOR SUNDAY: SMALL GROUP QUESTIONS
Encouragement-“The Words We Speak“
Preparing for Sunday – July 14, 2019
James 3:2 For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.
James 3:3 Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well.
James 3:4 Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires.
James 3:5 So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!
James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.
James 3:7 For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race.
James 3:8 But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.
James 3:9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it, we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God;
James 3:10 From the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.
James 3:11 Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water?
James 3:12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can saltwater produce fresh.
What area of speech is the hardest to control?
Describe a time where you said the wrong thing and what effect it had.
How were words used in your family growing up?
What kind of speaking tears you down the most?
Ephesians 4:29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
Ephesians 4:30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
What kind or speech builds you up the most? Give an example.
Ephesians 4:14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;
Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,
Ephesians 4:16 From whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
What do the words someone speaks say about their real inner person?
What has helped you control your tongue?
James 1:26 If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.
Is an uncontrolled tongue a personality issue or a sin issue?