3/4 Assignment – Due March 11

We’re studying the 8th Commandment this week. It’s challenging to control our tongues. Our words have great power for good and for evil. God wants us to use our words to save souls. Satan wants us to use them to destroy souls. It’s a profound opportunity and responsibility.

Here’s the quiz:

1. How do you talk to friends about Jesus?

The same way you talk about anything else: you talk about what interests you. You can say, “What do you think of the Bible?” or “What do you do in your church?” or “You want to come over and read the Bible together?” or “What do you think of Jesus?” or “Do you think there’s anything after this life?”

You can talk about something you read recently or something you were thinking about. Remember that there’s a chance that your friends may not want to talk about Jesus or religion or church right now. That’s OK, they might not want to talk about sports or the weather and we bring that up all the time anyway.

2. How can you convert people to Christianity?

You can’t. Only God can. We just plant the seeds. God makes them grow. When we talk about the things in question #1 or about church we are planting seeds. You are also letting people know that, when they’re ready, they can talk to you about spiritual things.

3. The Eighth Commandment.

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him or give him a bad name, but defend him, speak well of him and take his words and actions in the kindest possible way.

4. Why is the Eighth Commandment such and important one for us to watch?

Our words are the most powerful weapons we have–to help or to hurt someone. If we don’t keep our tongue in check we will destroy someone’s good name. (cf. effectiveness of words to: start and stop wars, make and break friendships and marriages, start and stop fights, and bring joy or depression to someone)

5. Passage – How does God want us to use our words?

Ephesians 4:15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.

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