Truth About Words

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Truth About Words
Scripture Memorization
James 1:26

OPENING PRAYER (5 to 10 minutes) GROUP BUILDING (15 minutes)
(Start out with some mindless fun. Lots of little games can be played with the tongue. Try out these or another you already know.)
Who can touch their tongue to their nose? (Make everyone try.)
Can anyone fold his or her tongue? Who can make the most folds? (I’ve seen some people who can make several angles in their tongues)
We can do some pretty silly stuff with our tongues. But when the Bible talks about our tongue, it’s not fun and games.

GETTING STARTED (10 minutes)
There are a few ways that we use our tongues that we need to examine. As you can imagine, they all have to do with words. Today, we’re going to talk about the truth about words.
General Discussion:
• What are some negative uses of our words? (Allow students to come up with several examples, such as gossip, lying, filthy language, etc.)
• Have you experienced hurtful words in your life?
You’re beginning to get the idea that a tongue is serious business, and it is related to our spiritual lives in a significant way. Let’s go deeper and see how.

DIGGING IN (30 minutes)
Read James 1:26
Discussion Question:
1. What does this passage say about the tongue and our ability to control it? (To not control it makes our religion worthless.)
Let's look at an even more condemming Scripture.

Read James 3:5-8
Discussion Question:
1. What does that passage say about the tongue?
Let’s talk about gossip first.
General Discussion:
• How would you define gossip?
• Do you like it when people gossip about you?
• Be honest with yourself before we continue—how much do you gossip?
Some people think only girls gossip. Others don’t realize that they are also horrible gossips. Most people don’t understand that gossiping is condemned in Scripture.
(Have several students look up one of the following passages. After…...

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