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Proverbs - Taming the Tongue

+ Application Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. Do you find it easier to honor God with your speech in conversations with Christians or with non-Christians? Who or what do your conversations tend to focus on in each of those situations (yourself, others, God, entertainment, etc.)?

  3. How have you seen the destructive power of the tongue impact your own life or the lives of others?

  4. When have you witnessed or experienced the power of words in building someone up?

  5. How do the words you use reveal what is in your heart?

  6. Read Ephesians 4:28-30. What criteria are given for speech? What are some ways in which a believer’s speech could grieve the Holy Spirit?

  7. When do you find it most difficult to control your tongue? What can you do to find victory over temptation in such situations?

James 3:1-12 - The Power of Words

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful? 
     
  2. Do you find it easier to honor God with your speech in conversations with Christians or with non-Christians? Who or what do your conversations tend to focus on in each of those situations (yourself, others, God, entertainment, etc.)?
     
  3. How have you seen the destructive power of the tongue impact your own life or the lives of others?
     
  4. When have you witnessed or experience the power of words in building someone up?
     
  5. How do the words you use reveal what is in your heart?
     
  6. When do you find it most difficult to control your tongue? What can you do to find victory over temptation in such situations? What are some ways you can prepare for such situations ahead of time by giving the Holy Spirit control over your speech?

James 1:19-27 - Avoid Spiritual Deception

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
     
  2. How do you regularly prepare your heart to receive God’s Word? (James 1:21)  Is there a practice that you find particularly helpful that might aid others in their reception of God’s Word?
     
  3. How is God’s Word a mirror for your life? What are some practical ways to make sure you are “looking intently” into the mirror of God’s Word instead of just “glancing” at it?  (see Psalm 119:105)
     
  4. How can you apply “visiting orphans and widows” in our culture and what does it mean to “keep oneself unstained from the world”? (James 1:27) Which of those do you find it easier to focus on? What are some ways you can improve in those areas?
     
  5. Since religious works can be manufactured and deceptive, how can you know the difference between counterfeit and true good works?