Lesson Plan – May 13, 2020

Putting Faith to Work in Trying Times V: The Power of Speech

Scripture Reading: James 1:26, James 3:1-12


The Bible opens up introducing God as The Creator. We are also shown that all that He created was done by His spoken word. While God may grant us revelation into His plans for us and where applicable His plan for the wider church community and even the world, how we speak and what we say is very important if we must come to rich fulfillment.

In the New Testament, Jesus is introduced as the Word of God. If we have Jesus then it should follow that we should speak like He would because He is in us. Most Christians as they grow in Christ find that certain words that are commonly used every day such as swear words disappear from their vocabulary. It has been said that through a person’s words you can tell who they really are.

Today we shall examine some scriptures talking about this subject and trust God to add to us knowledge and virtue.

God’s expectation regarding the believers words

  • Ephesians 4:29
  • Colossians 4:5-6
  • Proverbs 18:21
  • Joshua 1:8 NKJV

Practicing Godly Speech Everyday:

With each section following please read the scriptures and use the questions to discuss your findings.

Read and discuss our scripture text from James 3:1-12

  • What one or more items stand out to you in the text?
  • Would you agree or disagree that our words have power over our lives?
  • Do you feel convicted with the need to repent of anything that has been said there?

How seriously does God take our speech?

  • Matthew 12:36-37 
  • Matthew 15:10-20
  • Does it appear that God’s standards are high? Are they too high?
  • Take a moment to read and pray Psalm 141:3-4

Hebrews 13:4-6

  • How should what God has spoken in His word define or determine how we speak as it relates to everyday life? Vs. 5-6
  • Does it appear that we often take the advice of this scripture especially in difficult times?
  • Can you give examples of some unhelpful talk?


Our Father in Heaven spoke things into existence, He calls “those things that are not as though they are.” Jesus’ words empower, heal, deliver, comfort, and build up. As we close let us ask ourselves the question “what have I been saying or how have I been speaking that does not glorify God”? Let’s ask God for grace to speak what pleases Him. Let us use our words to create godly environments just like our Father in Heaven. 


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