Sermon Discussion 7/18/2021

The Way of Wisdom #7

July 18, 2021

Gathering Question       Which are you more likely to do – say too much or say too little?

Gathering Prayer

  • What stood out to you in the sermon? What insights did you gain? What questions did it raise?
  • Where have you seen words have a powerfully positive impact?
  • Where have you seen words have a powerfully negative or destructive impact?
  • What were some of the differences between those situations?

Prov 10.18-21
  Hiding hatred makes you a liar;
    slandering others makes you a fool.
Too much talk leads to sin.
    Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.
The words of the godly are like sterling silver;
    the heart of a fool is worthless.
The words of the godly encourage many,
    but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense.

  • Our words reveal what is in us. Why do we sometimes blurt out something that we’ve been thinking, but never intended to say aloud? What is usually the impact of those kind of statements?
  • Those unintended comments serve as a window into our heart. How can we use them as a call to confession and spiritual transformation and growth?
  • Words can be used to release our burdens and shame. Who in your life can you share your burdens and concerns with? Who in your life can you share your feelings of guilt and shame with? How can these types of conversations set us free?
  • Sometimes we talk too much; other times we don’t speak up like we should. What are some principles that can help us determine when to speak up and when to remain silent?
  • How can we practice the discipline of silence? How might it impact our relationships in our family, at work or with our friends?
  • Words of encouragement can be very empowering. What are some words of encouragement that you have received that made an impact in your life? Why are we often quicker to criticize others than we are to encourage them? Who needs your encouraging words?
  • How could setting a goal of speaking only encouraging words transform our relationships with others? What can we do to become better encouragers?

Closing Prayer
Confess any ways that you struggle to speak in healthy, positive ways. Ask God to teach you when to speak and when to be silent. Ask God to empower you to speak words of encouragement that you can be a source of strength and inspiration for others.