Another Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager


When You Say ____________, I Hear _____________!


I. Introduction:

A. The word of God warns us not to speak foolishly (Proverbs 21:23, Ecclesiastes 5:1-2, and James 1:26).

1. If you do not control your words, much harm can be done to you and others (Proverbs 18:21 and James 3:1-18).

2. It may sound funny, but fools would do well to shut up rather than to speak and show themselves to be foolish (Proverbs 17:27-28).

B. How much do you think about what you say (Proverbs 10:32, Haggai 1:5; 7, and II Corinthians 13:5)?

1. Are you sure what you say is right (Proverbs 8:8)?

2. Have you considered what your words do to others (Proverbs 12:17-18)?


II. Body: Our words tell a lot about us (Proverbs 16:27 and Matthew 12:34-37).

A. When you say, “I only have time for school, work, eating, and sleeping” I hear, “God is not in my schedule because these other things are more important”.

1. You’re not studying (Psalms 1:1-2, Joshua 1:8, Psalms 119:15, Psalms 119:97, Luke 4:4, II Timothy 2:15, and I Peter 2:1-2).

a. Since you’re not studying you’re not maturing (Hebrews 5:12-14).

b. Without that spiritual growth, you’re more likely to be carnal in mind (I Corinthians 3:1-3).

2. You’re not praying (Proverbs 15:8, Mark 14:38, Philippians 4:6, I Thessalonians 5:17-18, and II Timothy 1:3).

3. You’re not spending time with brethren (Acts 2:42-44).

4. You’re consumed with things of less importance (Luke 10:38-42).

B. When you say, “I know that I should not be doing this, I am trying to stop” I hear, “I know I am sinning but I am not going to cease that right now, I like it too much to stop.”

1. Being a rebellious person is not pleasing to God (Lamentations 3:41-47).

2. You have to WANT to change (Job 42:6 and Luke 7:37-48).

C. When you say, “I don’t mean to complain, but…” I hear, “I know being a complaining type of person is wrong, but I’m going to do it anyway.”

1. You’ve sinned (Jude 14-16).

2. If you a chronic complainer, one has to wonder about your relationship with God (Psalms 144:15 and I Thessalonians 5:16).

D. When you say, “I don’t like to talk bad about people, but…” I hear, “Get ready to hear some gossip, backbiting, and slander because I love to do it”.

1. This type of talk is wrong (Proverbs 18:6-8, II Thessalonians 3:11-12, and I Timothy 5:13).

2. Does what you say fit the standard of what we should say (Ephesians 4:29)?

a. So we don’t miss anything, that’s not to say we cannot say something true about someone if they are erring (II Timothy 4:14-16).

b. That does not mean truthful reports are wrong (I Corinthians 1:11).

E. When you say, “I cannot wait for our trip, we’re going to swim, lay out on the beach, etc.”, I hear, “We’re going to get naked under the premise that it’s okay since we’re on vacation.”

1. Are we not expected to be full-time Christians (Psalms 119:112 and Colossians 3:1-4)?

2. When is it okay not to be steadfast (I Corinthians 15:58)?

3. Of course, immodesty is sinful (I Timothy 2:9-10; cf. Exodus 28:42).

F. When you say, “I don’t agree with FC, but my daughter really wanted to go there so we let her”, I hear, “I’ll compromise the truth for my family anytime.”

1. When will the righteous compromise?  NEVER (Philippians 1:17)!

2. What happens when family comes first (Matthew 10:34-37)?

G. When you say, “Little Johnny is bad, but he’s just being a boy”, I hear, “My child can do wrong and I’ll excuse him/her all day long.”

1. Children are known by what they do (Proverbs 20:11).

2. A child that is excuse rather than corrected will bring more shame (Proverbs 29:15; cf. Proverbs 23:13-14).

H. When you say, “I am sorry for the wrong I have done, but…” I hear, “I know I sinned, but I feel justified because of the excuse I am about to give you.”

1. You cannot justify your sins (Proverbs 28:13 and James 4:8-10).

2. True repentance requires admission of sin (James 5:16 and I John 1:9).


III. Conclusion: The point is, think hard about what you are meaning when you talk for observant individuals can see through your phoniness (Psalms 12:2).





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