Sermon: Words We Speak - ”Gossip”
Words We Speak
Words We Speak // Week One: Gossip
Words matter. Think back on some of the most memorable things others have said to you.
Which words stick with you the most?
Who is someone you admire for the way he or she speaks to people?
What situations in your life seem to bring out the worst in your tongue? (sports, parties, stress, office, etc.?)
What goes into your heart will eventually come out of your mouth. Do you spend too much time listening to angry news anchors and reading opinionated tweets and blogs? Is your entertainment littered with dark stuff and hateful speech? Discuss with your group how you can moderate what’s coming into your heart and mind. What could be taken away? How could you replace it?
Read James 1:19-20
Of the three “restraints,” which is most helpful for you?
• Failure to restrain conclusions? (listen)
• Failure to restrain words? (speak)
• Failure to restrain emotional responses? (anger)
Read Matthew 12:35-37
If your speech is harsh and angry, untrue or hurtful, it’s because something in your heart isn’t right. What is so transformative about this teaching?
The preacher said in this message, “We try to look the part, act the part, talk the part, when in reality, God has never gotten a hold of our heart.”
How is just trying not enough?
Why do our hearts have to be in it?
Read Proverbs 16:28 and Proverbs 17:4.
What wisdom is laid down for us regarding gossip?
Robert gave three action steps. As a group, discuss and pray these to be more of a part of our character.
1. Get a mirror (Matthew 7:3-4)
2. Assume the best (1 Corinthians 13:7)
3. Never about/always to (Proverbs 26:20)