"Words with Friends" Sermon Series • November 4 - November 25

The tongue has the power to destroy or build up, to polarize or unite. So how do we rein in hurtful words and instead use our tongues to bless others? Join us for this practical, relevant, and inspirational sermon series as we explore the power of our words in our families, at work, in the digital age, and in the political arena.


November 4: Active Listening // James 1:19–21

We all know what it’s like to be hurt by someone who just couldn’t listen long enough to understand us. Maybe in their attempt to be right they damaged a relationship that could have been saved with a little patience and curiosity. You’ve probably been on the other side of that too. Taking the verbal offense may have won the argument, but you lost relationally. What if we didn’t settle for being right, but tried to make things right instead? The longer we listen, the more we learn. 

Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide // Discussion Questions and Small Group Study Guide


November 11  : Taming our Tongues // James 3:2-12

Like a small spark that has the potential to scorch an entire green forest, our tongues are untamable, with the power to control our whole bodies. We have a tool that can be used to build up those around us or tear them down in just a few words. What do we do with that kind of power? We can’t lock it away, but we can, with God’s grace, learn to control it.

Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide // Discussion Questions and Small Group Study Guide


November 18: Building Up // Ephesians 4:29-32

Our words can be destructive, but they also have the power to build others up. What we say can impact the quality, and even the direction, of the lives of the people around us. How can we use this power for good?       

Sermon Notes and Daily Study Guide // Discussion Questions and Small Group Study Guide


November 25: Power Play // Genesis 50:18-21

What goes around often comes around. The powerless often find themselves in a position of power and the people who hurt us may someday need us. In the moments when we’ve got those people right where we want them, what we say will say as much about us as anything else. If our words are stones, will we choose to throw them, or use them to pave the way forward?