More Than Words: Often, we underestimate the power of our words, but if you look back on your life you know that words have tremendous power to both encourage and inspire and to hurt and to wound. Words can bring life and they can bring death. Over the next few weeks, we are going to learn and grow how to use our words so that we bring life and not death.
As human beings, we don’t have the power of God to make what we say happen right away. However, through our words, we are sowing seeds and over time our lives bear the fruit of the words we have said. By speaking them aloud, they are planted in our subconscious minds, take root, grow, and produce the fruit of the same kind. Whether we speak positive or negative words, we will reap exactly what we sow. That’s why we need to be extremely careful about what we think and say.
- When have words been used to build you up or encourage you that set a positive
direction for your life?
- When have words been used to hurt or wound you?
- Have there been any teachings from God’s word that have changed your life? If so,
what are they?
- Read aloud Psalm 19, verse 14. What does this verse mean to you?
- If you could see one change through this series in how you use your words, what
would it be?
- When was the last time you said something you didn’t mean to say? What were the
circumstances that led to it?
- What would your family or friends or co-workers say are the ways you use words
that produce good fruit?
- What would they say are the negative ways that bring rotten fruit? In what ways do
you need to repent for how you speak?
- Jesus calls the Pharisees “a brood of vipers.” What is your reaction to that phrase?
How do we reconcile that Jesus is all love and yet calls them a name?
- Who is someone you can ask to help you evaluate the words you have been using?
- Why do you think John chose the verse he did to describe his ministry and work?
How do you imagine that he came to that place?
- How would you respond if you were asked, “Who are you?” How do you currently
define your mission in life?
- What is your favorite verse from the bible or some verses that you like? Why do they
appeal to you?
- What character from the bible do you associate with or believe their story is similar
- What is your next step in defining a life verse for you? How can this group help you?
- With whom have you had a communication breakdown recently? What are you
feeling frustrated you can’t get across?
- Why is it helpful to acknowledge that communication is difficult? Is it possible you
have overestimated your own communication with some people in your life?
- Have you listened to the other person’s opinion enough? Do you feel like you can
adequately state it?
- Read aloud Proverbs 18:2. What is your reaction to that verse?
- With whom have you learned to communicate in their language or terms? How did
you do learn to do that?
- Who is someone who could help you translate your point of view to another person?
- Why do we need to hear words of encouragement?
- Who is someone that is a source of encouragement to you? What makes them so?
- On a scale of 1-5, how good are you at encouraging others? Why do you answer as
- Who is someone you need to encourage? What type of words of encouragement do
they need to hear from you and why?
- Of the types of encouragements listed, what do you find easiest to give? What is
- Of the encouraging verses mentioned from Scripture, which one resonated with you
- What keeps you from reading God’s words?
- What are your favorite verses or passages of Scripture? Why do they resonate with
- Read aloud Matthew 4:3. What is meant by this verse?
- Are you more likely to mediate on Scripture or memorize verses? Why is that?
- As we finish up this series on words, what is your number one take away?