Summary: We have to guard how we talk as Christians
Leaders In Training
Over the next couple of weeks we are going to be doing a series on 1 Timothy 4:12
We are calling it leaders in Training
12 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers
We are going to be teaching you all on those 6 key words on how to become a leader
What is a leader?
1..True leaders know who they are and what they stand for.
They know their values, and the rules they will abide by, regardless of the circumstances they face.
2…True leaders have integrity.
Integrity is the very core of their influence.
3…True leaders are able to say “do as I do”
Rather than just “do as I say”, because they lead by example.
4…True leaders work right alongside the people they lead in order to get to know and care about the people they are leading.
5….True leaders listen without being condescending.
They are willing to hear what others have to say without rushing to judgment.
This is what Paul is talking about here in 1 Timothy 4:12
when he say’s be an example to others
Tonight I want to start off be highlighting the first part of the series
With our words
Paul tells us that we should be examples to other believers
in our word—
*What Paul is saying here is we need to guard the way we talk
and we need to be an example to other believers , and nonbelievers
Because the words we speak have power.
They are more powerful than many people realize.
—Let me explain -
*The words we say can put a smile on someone's face,
or bring tears to another one's eyes.
*We can encourage one another with the words we speak,
or we can crush the hopes and dreams of the ones we love by not watching what we say.
*Our words are more powerful than we give them credit.
You see words are free. ——It’s how you use them that may cost you." -
*”One kind word can change someone's entire day.”
*Just like a harsh word can running someones day.
With just one word you can encourage someone and help them chase their dreams
Or you can say something bad to them and crush their dreams
Someone builds up enough courage to get up in front of the group and sing
But they are real nerves and they forget their lines, And they mass up
You could tell them after it was over that you have never seen such a failure
Or you could say It was great hold you head up everyone mess’s up ever now and then.
**You can choose to be built them up or tear them down**
—-**Pastor told me one time that the first time he ever preached someone told him that he need to find something else to do with his life he would never make it as a preacher..
What if he would have lesson to them?
Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919..
because, his editor said to him he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”
What if he would have given up ?
After a performance at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, Elvis was told by the concert hall manager that he was better off returning to Memphis and driving trucks (his former career).
The words he heard crushed him..
The bottom line is that word can hurt people
Words can tear people down..
**Have you ever said something that right after you said it you wish that you could take it back?
Something out of anger maybe to your
*Brother or Sister
*Mother or Father
** I think this is why Paul is telling us to watch how we us our words
Paul knows that how we talk can make a big deference in someones life.
Sometimes we have to set back and look at how we are using our words
We have to ask our selfs
**Are we using words to build up people or destroy them?
Are they filled with
Hate or Love
Bitterness or Blessing,
Complaining or Compliments,
Lust or Love,
Victory or Defeat?
The words we use are so very important in our life’s
Words are more then just talking in school
Or talking with friends
Our words are more then flirting with your girlfriends or boyfriends
Just as soon as you confess Christ in your life people start looking at how you talk..
I know people who say they are leaving for the Lord
They say they have given their lives to Him
And still talk and cuss like a sailor.