A Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
Sound Speech That Cannot Be Condemned
A. We have to control our tongues (Psalms 34:13, Proverbs 4:24, James 1:26, and I Peter 3:8-11).
1. What you say reveals what’s in your heart (Matthew 15:15-20).
2. Your words will be judged (Matthew 12:33-37).
B. We have to be concerned about what others hear out of our mouths (Philippians 2:14-16).
1. We cannot take this point too far and become extreme (Isaiah 5:20).
a. We cannot start our own “profanity” dictionary (i.e. whore, bastard, euphemisms, etc. used appropriately but we call it wrong – Leviticus 19:29, Hebrews 12:8, Philippians 3:8, etc.).
b. As in all things, we have to allow the Scriptures to define what is profane and what is not (Acts 10:10-15).
2. At the same time, we have to consider the consciences of others (I Corinthians 8:8-9; 9:19-23) while not allowing their consciences to cause us to err (Romans 14:1-3).
II. Body: Titus 2:7-8
A. That we are to use sound speech begins with the instruction to be a pattern for good works (Proverbs 4:18 and I Timothy 4:12).
B. What is sound [wholesome, true, healthy, without corruption] speech (Psalms 37:30-31 and I Timothy 6:3-5)?
1. Sound words are beneficial (Proverbs 15:4).
2. We are never to speak in a corrupt manner (Ephesians 4:29).
3. Our words should begin with our thinking from the Lord rather than ourselves (Proverbs 16:1-3).
C. Speech that cannot be condemned (I Peter 4:11-17).
1. We may very well speak Scripturally and find our speech condemned by the ignorant which is not wrong (John 18:18-23).
2. Some will still falsely condemn us (Matthew 5:11).
D. Those of the contrary [against; antagonistic] part (I Thessalonians 2:14-15).
1. May be ashamed having no evil to say about you (I Peter 2:11-12, Ephesians 1:3-4, and II Peter 3:10-14).
2. This warning shows that some will “hang on our words” to bring a charge (Isaiah 29:20-21 and Mark 12:13).
III. Conclusion: Let’s never lose sight of who our speech should please first and foremost (I Thessalonians 2:3-4; cf. Proverbs 10:32).
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