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Stewardship and Our Speech (9 of 9)
Series: Responsible Stewardship
August 27, 2003
1. This evening's message will be the last in our series of messages on "Responsible Stewardship." Our subject will be the stewardship God has placed over our speech--the words that come from our mouth. And let me be quick to add, the words that come from our mouths make a world of difference--a difference for good or ill.
a. People measure us by what we say. The thoughts from our minds represent the true "us." We place our mind's images on the tongue, and then release them--never able to be recall them again. Because of that, we need to think about what we say. We need to be stewards of our speech.
QUOTE: Edwin H. Stuart once said, "Remember, every time you open your mouth to talk, your mind walks out and parades up and down the words."
2. I want to give you three short points to our outline this evening. . .
I. PROPER SPEEECH
II. PATIENT SPEECH
III. PERSUSAIVE SPEECH
I. PROPER SPEECH
1. Proper speech should accomplish two things:
A. It should glorify God
1. Psalm 19:14, "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my Redeemer."
B. It should edify people
1. James 3:13, "Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom."
2. Proper words fitly spoken have changed the direction of many a man for good. Our words should always be words of encouragement. We should always seek to edify others by what we say.
a. Remember our opening verse: ". . .but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers."
II. PATIENT SPEECH
1. Col. 4:6, "Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man."
ILLUS: We know that salt is a preservative. My f ...
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