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Meeting in small groups affords us all the opportunity to more fully experience God through close relationships as we pray and laugh together, as we encourage and help one another, and as we study and live out God’s word together – simply put, it’s where we grow together by doing life together.

Small groups consist of three or more people in various life stages who meet on a regular basis – these can be families, friends, or even perfect strangers.

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Dig In Questions

Week of July 14, 2024 – Respectable Sins:  Gossip & Slander

Description:

We can become good at pointing out the “big” sins in our culture & others. But when we do this, we tend to lose touch with the reality of our own sin. This is especially true when it comes to those sins that are more “acceptable.” We justify our actions and think, “Well, at least I don’t do that.” Because of God’s grace and in pursuit of sanctification, we seek to get to the root of these “respectable sins” and unearth the devastation they bring.  This week, we discuss the “respectable sin” of sins of the tongue, including gossip and slander.

Dig-In Questions:

  1. Get to Know You/Icebreaker question: How would you describe yourself when it comes to conflict?  On a scale of 1 (avoid all conflict) to 10 (embrace all conflict), where would you put yourself?
  2. Like most sins, the sins of the tongue can be sneaky. Some are more obvious than others.  What are some sins specifically done by the tongue?  (examples:  • Gossip • Slander• Mocking• Scoffing• Argumentative •Lying • Manipulation• Boasting• Cursing• Criticizing• Harshness• Abusiveness • Grumbling • Promise-breaking• Flattery• Meddling • Stirring up division) Which of these do you struggle with the most?
  3. Read Ephesians 4:29.  What is an example of “unwholesome talk” vs. “building other up” talk?  
  4. Read James 3:1-12. What stands out in these passages about the power and potential our tongues and words can have?
  5. Regarding the specific “respectable sin” of gossip, read the following:  Prov. 18:8, Prov. 16:28, Prov. 21:23, and Gal. 5:14-15. Why is gossip such a big deal and so easy for us to fall into the trap of? How do you know when you are asking for advice vs. gossiping?
  6. Gossip and slander often occur when someone mistreats you or wrongs someone.  Read Matt.18:15-17 and discuss. What is the difference between what Jesus commands us to do when wronging one another and what is common in the world?
  7. With the words of Gal. 5:14 and Eph. 4:29 on your heart, how do you change how you use your words? Pray for each other and that God would be pleased with our words.

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