1. Share a positive comment, encouragement, compliment, or words of wisdom you heard in childhood or young adulthood that has really stuck with you – in a good way.
2. Share an embarrassing or uncomfortable time when you said something you wish you could’ve retracted.
3. Read Proverbs 10:11-14, 18-21. Of the following pairs from Pastor Quintin’s message “Weigh Your Words,” which one(s) stood out to you and why?
a. Life-giving or Destructive
b. Troublemaking or Peacemaking
c. Wisdom or Nonsense
d. Thoughtful or Thoughtless
e. Two-faced and Bad-mouth
f. More or Less
g. Valuable or Worthless
h. Nourishing or Toxic
4. Read Ephesians 4:25-32. Make a note of all those statements that connect to the words we speak, write, read, or listen to. Why are these so important in following Jesus and loving our neighbors?
5. How do the words we speak make an impression on non-Christians around us? How could you be more intentional in your speech, posts, conversation – especially with the One Life whom God has put on your heart. How can we use our everyday talk to advance the love of Jesus and the gospel?
6. Pass out two blank “encouragement index cards” to each person in your group. Write your name on each. Then shuffle and give out to the group. Write a sentence of encouragement, appreciation, or kindness to the 2 names you receive. Give it to them. Then pray for one another.