For our third week in the book of Proverbs Jeff talked about the power of our words. We read in Proverbs 18:21 that the power of life and death are in the tongue. We don’t often think about this but other people’s words can affect us in huge ways. Words can bless us and lift us up or words can tear us down. There are words said that the speaker cannot remember, but the listener will never forget; words that the listener will carry throughout their entire lives.
On this topic, Proverbs presents us with a cast of characters and describes the words that come out of their mouths. For example…
- The Worthless Man who plots evil and destruction
- The Dishonest Man who spreads strife and deceit
- The Whisperer who gossips and divides close friends
- The Fool who talks too much, says whatever comes to mind with no filter and whose speech is harmful
- The Wise who don’t speak as much, whose words are deliberate and persuasive, and whose speech has positive impact
We all would like to be considered someone who has “wise words” but the problem comes in when we realize that the MAIN problem with our words actually starts in our hearts. Jesus tells us that “out of the abundance of the heart (our) mouth speaks.” If we would have our words be wise we must first have our hearts be transformed by Jesus Christ. He is the only one whose words were always perfect because he is the only one whose heart was perfect.
I should also note that we had 6 baptisms this weekend including 3 people who spontaneously came forward for baptism!
Band for the week was:
- Brent Francese – drums
- Scott Wenger – bass
- Ben Davis – guitar + vox
- Katie Pritchett – vox
- Patrick Downing – guitar _ vox
Setlist for the week was:
- God is Able/Jesus Messiah
- Nothing but the Blood
- Stronger/Christ is Risen