May 30 – June 5

Weekly Reading for May 30 – June 5

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: Big Prayers
Sermon Title: God…The Focus of Our Prayers

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on June 6, 2021:

Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: A Thriving Church
Sermon Title: Watch Your Mouth
Delivered On: May 30, 2021


Memorize and Reflect

Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Prayer Direction

Pray for a humble heart that is ready to recognize where you have let gossip, lying, or grumbling into your heart and life. Confess these serious sins to Jesus. Thank Him for His grace and ask for power to overcome these sinful patterns in your life.

“Live It!” Challenge

Dare to Ask – Ask two or three close Christian friends (and as a bonus, one non-believing friend) if they feel your words are consistently positive and uplifting. Tell them you are fighting against gossip and grumbling and are seeking to speak the truth with grace. Invite them to point out when you are doing well and when you need to do better.

Small Group Discussion

  1. Tell about a Christian in your life who speaks kind and uplifting words consistently. How does this person impact others and how does God use them to build people up?

  2. Read: James 3:6-10 - What are some of the dangers of a tongue (words) that are harsh, out of control, and not led by Jesus? How have you seen words burn and destroy?

  3. Read: Ephesians 4:29 - What does this passage call Christians to do with their words? Put God’s instructions in this passage in your own words.

  4. Any Questions?

  5. Read: 2 Corinthians 12:20 - Why is gossip so dangerous? What can we do to decrease gossip in our life, relationships, and the world?

  6. Read: Proverbs 12:22 - What damage comes into our lives and relationships if we tell lies to others? How can we grow in truth-telling and decrease the temptation to tell lies?

  7. Read: 1 Corinthians 10:6-13 - Why do you think God takes the sin of grumbling and complaining so seriously? What do we reveal about our hearts when we complain consistently?

  8. What are steps we can take to purge complaining from our hearts, lips, and lives?