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08.22.21

Part 4: Speaking the Truth in Love to One Another

Part 4: Speaking the Truth in Love to One Another

Series: For One Another: What Jesus Wants Us to Be Famous For

Key Passage: Ephesians 4:14-15

Speaker: Nate Wagner

Discussion Questions

Getting Started

Are you most prone to move toward or away from conflict with others?  Why?

How would you describe a courageous conversation?  When was the last time you had one?  How did it go?

 

Study Read  Ephesians 4:11-16 & Col 3:16 Together

Paul connects 'speaking the truth in love' to growing up in maturity, no longer being tossed about by every wind.  How does having truth tellers in our lives help us grow?

What heart should motivate 'speaking the truth in love?'

What are some differences between being a 'truth speaker' and just being a jerk?

What helps prepare your heart to receive admonishment/ correction from someone else? 

In John 8:32 Jesus said that the truth has the power to set us free.  How does the truth set us free?

How do we carry out the practice of speaking the truth in love? 

Why is it so difficult for us to be vulnerable enough to receive truth that is spoken to us? 

What barriers do we put in place to hide the truth from even ourselves?

 

Reflect

“Truth becomes hard if not softened by love. Love becomes soft if not strengthened by truth.”       John Stott

Often when we talk about truth telling, we think of correction. But the majority of truth telling should be affirming, reminding one another of who we are in Christ and what God desires for us to experience in our journey with Him.

“Love without truth is sentimentality; it supports and affirms us but keeps us in denial about our flaws.  Truth without love is harshness; it gives us information but in such a way that we cannot really hear it.”       Tim Keller

 

Apply

On a 1(weakness) – 10(strength) scale, how skilled are you at speaking the truth in love?  Explain your #

What is most challenging for you when it comes to skillfully speaking the truth in love?

Who have you given permission to speak truth to you?

Is there a courageous conversation where truth needs to be spoken that you've been putting off? How can this group pray for you or help encourage you this week?