Sunday School Lesson #1:
by Josh Hunt
Lesson #1: Choosing Words
Note to the teacher:
- These questions will serve you as a ready-to-go lesson on choosing words. Text is from Proverbs
- Questions that are bold include a verse(s) to look up. If the question does not specifically site a text, assume the text for the section. In other words, on question four you are to look up Proverbs 4:24, 18:6 and so on.
Introduction: The Power of Words
Proverbs 18:21; 21:23
- I would like to ask a couple of you to share to get us started. Could someone share a time when someone said something to you -- perhaps a single sentence -- that made you blossom inside? Tell me about it.
- How about a time when someone crushed you with a few words. Anyone brave enough to share about that?
- Read Proverbs 18:21& 21:23. How would you explain these verses to a five-year-old?
Proverbs 4:24; 18:6; 20:19; 24:28
- As we read these verses, look for different ways words can hurt. Let's see how many we can list after reading these verses.
- What do you think is meant by "corrupt talk?" (4:24)
- Why the temptation to use corrupt talk? What is so fun about it? Why is God against it?
- What about gossip; why is it so fun? What is so bad about gossip?
- What is the difference between gossip and innocent talking about people and problems? When exactly is gossip?
- How many of you have been hurt by gossip?
- How many of you would admit that occasionally you tend to gossip?
- The last category of harmful words is deception. What motivates people to deceive? What are the advantages?
- What are the benefits of being an honest person?
Proverbs 12:25; 16:24; 15:1
- As we read these three verses, look for physical, concrete word pictures of what helpful words are like.
- How are helpful like a honeycomb?
- What is it exactly about kind words that can immediately lift the spirit? Why do mere words help so much?
- Can anyone give an example of the truth of Proverbs 15:1? Can you tell about a time when you saw a soft answer turn away wrath?
- Is giving a soft answer easy or hard?
- What advice would you give to someone who wanted to give a soft answer, but found themselves screaming? How do we move from people who do not give a soft answer toward people who naturally give a soft answer?
Proverbs 15:2, 4, 28
- Each of these verses forms a couplet. There is a good use of the tongue and a bad usage. Let me draw a line on the board. As we read these verses, let's put the bad usages on one side, and the good ones on the other.
- What do you think of when you hear the word folly? What is folly?
- Verse four speaks of words that crush the spirit. Why do people use words that crush the spirit?
- Look at verse 28. Do you think there is any relationship between how quickly you get words out and how kindly you speak?
- What is one way you could improve your use of the tongue? Be specific. Perhaps you could think of something negative you could remove, or positive you could add.
- What difference would it make to the people close to you if you were to make this change a permanent part of you life?
Thank you for your Support.