February 25, 2018

Sermon November 10, 2013: It’s a Big Deal

DSCN9555Today, Pastor Dan spoke to us about gossip.  Gossip affects young and old.  It is a big deal.  It is an underrated, dismissed, and critically damaging sin.  James talks about the tongue and its power to corrupt.  Gossip destroys authenticity – people are afraid to be honest.  As a result, health, honesty, and growth of individuals and the congregation suffer.

Read 2 Corinthians 12:20-21

Evidence that gossip is a big deal:
Look what’s lumped together with gossip in the scriptures: (2 Corinthians 12:20-21) quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, factions, slander, gossip, arrogance, and disorder. (Romans 1) depraved mind, wickedness, evil, greed, depravity, full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice, gossips, slanderers, god-haters, insolent, arrogant, boastful, invent ways of doing evil, disobey parents, senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.
Consider the damage you’ve seen done in your own life
Consider the damage you’ve seen in the lives of others

What is gossip?
Definition: “Idle talk or rumor, especially about the personal or private affairs of others.”
It happens continually and habitually
It sounds like: “Have you heard about…” “People are saying…” “Some people are really upset…” or a ‘prayer request’
The worst form of gossip is slander

So what do we do about it?
Watch out for places and situations where gossip is likely to happen
Do not allow gossip to go unchallenged:

  • Be constructive: “Now how can we help this person?”
  • Smile and say, “I’m feeling very uncomfortable with this conversation.”
  • Ask, “Have you gone to speak with this person?”
  • Be concerned: “If they knew we were talking about them like this, they’d be really hurt!”

When talking about others, always ask yourself, “Am I gossiping?”

Ask yourself:
Am I talking about ways to help this person, or just talking?
Is this person being lifted up or torn down?
Would I be comfortable if this person were to walk in on our conversation? Would I stop talking?

“Speak only well of people and you need never whisper.”

Conclusion – practice practical things together
Help each other (in a gentle way)
Hold each other accountable

Songs: Traveling the Highway Home, I Was There When It Happened, Somebody Touched Me, Mighty To Save, and I Must Tell Jesus

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