Evaluating commonly used expressions so that we may have godly speech. (ie. “it’s not fair.”, “that’s gay.” Etc…)
Have the groups think about some of the commonly used expressions that they hear regularly and/or use themselves. Write some of them up on the white board. Ask the group to reflect on what the use of these expressions say about our values, ie. “that’s gay!” is an expression that devalues gay people, “Eshays” might be a sarcastic way of mocking lads. Reflect together on whether the values that lie behind the expression agree with Christian values. Finally, ask how the use of that expression might affect the people who hear it and should we keep using it. You might even be able to create more helpful expressions to use as replacements.
In summary, this segment has 4 phases:
- What common expressions are we using/hearing?
- How does the expression show what we value?
- How does it compare with Christian values?
- How does this expression affect those who hear it and should we keep using it?
Finish the segment by reading these words from Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” And James 3:9-12 “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.”