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Engage Group Curriculum

Curriculum for Engage Groups. This curriculum is designed for the Engage Groups for Spring 2017. Simply click on the link to view or download the chapter summary.


Engage Groups November 27-30

WORD POWER

PREP

1. Leaders: Take time to announce events happening this week in church.

2. Leaders: Be sure to review the Faith in Action you set as a group last week, then continue to the icebreaker question for this week’s study.

Icebreaker Question: If you were to create a short sentence slogan for your life, what would it be? Explain why these words are important in describing you.

5 Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.
6 Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.
— Colossians 4:5-6 NLT
  • What does it mean to “live wisely among unbelievers”?
  • What would you consider an “opportunity” to make the most of?
  • Give an example of how a conversation can be “gracious and attractive”?
  • What do you consider to be a “right” response to someone? Why is this so important?
 

PURPOSE

20 From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied.
21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat it.
— Proverbs 18:20-21
  • How is a “stomach filled” by the “fruit of our mouths”? Explain.
  • In your words describe what it means when it says, “with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied”.
  • Do you think our words carry power to kill someone? How so?
  • Can you think of a time when your words brought “life” to someone?
 

PLAN

2 We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.
3 When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.
4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.
5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.
6 The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the
whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind,
8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.
10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring.
12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.
— James 3:2-12
  • Why do you think God connects what we say to our bodies?
  • What do think are the “bits” or “rudders” for steering our words?
  • Why is verse 8 so important when it says “no human being can tame the tongue”? Explain.
  • What do you think is the problem is when our words do not line up with our beliefs?
  • Verses 11-12 use 3 metaphors to hint at the solution toward taming our tongues, what do you think it is?
 

PERSONAL: Faith in Action

Leaders take time to discuss how powerful our words can be to help or hurt someone and why we speak the way we do. Now talk about some practical steps so that we are aware of our thoughts, attitudes, and emotions before we speak.

 

PRAYER

Pray James 1:19 so that we will “be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry”. Pray for God to bring awareness to our words and that we will bring His wisdom, encouragement, joy, and life into our worlds of influence.

Ashley Ervin