THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

Program Air Date – 2-19-12

LESSON TITLE: “HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE: SPECIAL IN SPEECH”

WELCOME

Here we are together again on another wondrous Lord Day! As the great Psalmist David said, “This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.”

How truly blessed we are to be given this new day in the service to our God. So let’s start out the day right by singing praises to His name and by studying His word. Furthermore, let’s take advantage of the opportunity right now to speak to our creator in prayer. Bow with me please!

(Prayer)

Isn’t it wonderful to know that in Jesus Christ we have a master who shows us the way to go? He also guides us in what to do and tells us what is expected. Another thing which is encouraging to me is to know that He is there beside me, holding my hand - helping me day by day.

This morning, our first song speaks of this wondrous God who is doing and has done so much for us all. So, won’t you join in with the congregation at this time, as we together sing, “Anywhere With Jesus?” (SONG # 1)



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

As Christians, we often become introverted from this world and really seem focused mainly on those things related to the church and our brethren. However, what about those in this world who need help. Aren’t we to help those who need help or do as much as we can for our fellow man?

Well, if we look into God’s word this is the attitude of Christ. In fact, throughout His ministry we find that Jesus was willing to help all of those He came in contact with as best He could, but why? Because Jesus said He came to serve in this world, not to be served. Read with me His words in Matthew 20:28, there it says, “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Jesus was focus on serving others and in helping this world know Him in order to be saved.

Another question we might ask is, “what type of people did He serve?” The Bible tells us that Jesus died for the whole world, 1 John 2:2! It also tells us that whoever believes in Him will be saved, John 3:16. So Christ was a servant to all.

Now this is the very reason that we see the writers of the New Testament confirming our duty of service toward all mankind. John said, “Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren and for strangers,” 3 John 1:5. Paul said, “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith,” Galatians 6:10. These men realized that we are not only to do good to our brethren, but also to the whole world.

But again, you might ask why? Read with me from 1 Corinthians 9:19. There it says, “For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more.” Paul said, we serve others as Christ did, so that we may influence them for His sake and so that we may truly let this world see God in us. If we want this whole world to follow Jesus we are going to have to let them see that He does wonderful things in the lives of those who follow Him.

So I ask you, are you allowing this world to see Christ in you because of your service to those who live around you in your daily life. Are you helping your neighbors, friends and family to know more about Christ, because of the things you do and say in your life? If so, praise be to God. But if not, why not begin today serving God through doing good to others in this world. Remember the words of Jesus, “Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me,” Matthew 25:45!

Today, our specific topic is entitled, “Special In Speech!” This is our next lesson in the series called “His Own Special People.” So, please continue with us this morning and after our next song together I will be leading us in these thoughts of the day. However, before we join in our main discussion of the morning, let’s sing together the second hymn of the day, it’s name, “Blessed Assurance!”

(SONG # 2)

LESSON

By Ray Sullins

We thank you so much for continuing with us this morning as we now go to God’s Word and consider another lesson in relationship to our discussion from the book of 1 Peter chapter 2 and verse 9. You will certainly recall there that over the last many weeks we’ve been considering together what Peter said concerning us being “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,” and then specifically “His own special people.” What we tried to do together is to see how it is that we are so special in God’s sight whether it be in the name that we have or the faith that we have or the way that we have been called by God and certainly so many different aspects that are important to the things that God has asked of us.

Now this morning we want to continue to see one specific area that we are very special in and I think it would do us well to not only notice what is found there in chapter 1 in relationship to the idea that we are purified when we obey the truth and he says there, if you’ll notice, clearly in verse 23, “The Truth is the Word of God.”

But then if you’ll turn over to 2 Peter, we also find there the very last verse of chapter 3 that, “We are to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” As we think about the idea of growth and in looking at the Word of God and in understanding and believing and obeying what God has said, how significant it is as we learn what it is that God has said that we not only do it, but that we learn to speak it. Do you realize that when we become a Christian that we are special in our speech? Because what has happened is that when we begin to fill ourselves with the treasures of those things that are godly and holy, when we begin to fill our hearts with that which really is abundant from God, guess what. It begins to spill out in abundance in our actions and in our words. And so our speech is very important.

The words that we choose are very important for even in the same text that we just looked at in 2 Peter chapter 3 but back up in verse 11, I find it significant there in relationship to Peter mentioning the fact that the Lord would come again and the day of the Lord, the judgment. He says in verse 11, “Therefore all since all these things will be dissolved (speaking of the earth), what manner of person ought you to be?” What a good question. But he doesn’t ask a question necessarily. He really gives the answer. He says, “What person ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness.” So it’s a rhetorical type question where he is actually saying that we ought to be holy in our conduct and godly in our conduct. And what do we know about our words? Well our words are the same. That “whatever we do in word or deed (Colossians 3:17) all in the name of and by the authority of God in Heaven.” Certainly then we know many scriptures that talk about the fact of our need to have words that are clean and pure and holy.

Isn’t that what God has always wanted? That people of this earth recognize his children by what comes out of their mouth, by the things that they say? You know what I’m talking about. You’ve met people before who, as we might say, curse like sailors. You’ve met people before who might say things or they communicate or they tell stories that really aren’t proper for people to say and they also use expressions and things come out of their mouth that really seem defiled or dirty. You know what I’m talking about and then you know those who you never have to worry about whose speech is always clean and pure and who are obviously different by the way they talk.

I really remember that what it was that even the wisest man that ever lived said back in the book of Ecclesiastes. Right after he’s been discussing the idea of making vows and the importance as we find under the Old Law when one would make a vow, which means when you say you’re going to do something or when you say you’re not going to do something, you made a commitment, a vow, and you have to do it in the Old Testament even unto death. Do you remember what it says there in verse 6? You may not remember the exact verse but you’re going to remember the ideology that is not only presented here but even in the New Testament. In verse 6 he says, “And do not let your mouth cause your flesh to sin.” Isn’t that interesting? You mean that by the things I say I can actually sin in the flesh? Certainly! By the things I say I can be guilty of not only sin in what I have said but in the way I have said it and the way it has come across and even in my actions because once I have said it, what often happens? I’ve got to back it up with actions! In other words, you’ve got to practice what you preach and you generally are going to be one who carries out or practices what you say from your mouth. In other words, “I’m going to do this,” or I tell you, “If you do that again,” or “If you don’t stop.” Then you see, you’ve got to back it up! You’ve got to back it up with actions. Well again the wisest man said, “Don’t let your mouth cause your flesh to sin.”

There are so many ways that we can allow this mouth that God has given us for glory and praise and that which is holy. There’s so many ways that we can misuse it and really abuse it in a way that is unto sin.

I remember what it is that James said in James chapter 3. You might recall there as he talks about the tongue and obviously if you’re dealing with the tongue, what does the tongue do? Well the tongue speaks. It helps us to produce not only the sounds but the syllables and using the lettering and the wording to actually say the things that we say and to be able to communicate in the way that we communicate. Do you remember what it was that James dealt with there? He talked about what it was that the tongue was supposed to accomplish. There in chapter 3 he says, “Out of the same mouth proceed blessings and cursings.” Then he said, “My brethren, this ought not to be so.” You shouldn’t be able on one day, the Lord’s Day, come and praise and bless and magnify God, but then on Monday through Saturday you are cursing God, cursing Him maybe not specifically by blaspheming His name, but you’re still blaspheming Him because what you’re doing is you’re saying things that are not becoming of Christians and that are contrary to His Will. Then in verse 11 he goes on to give an example. He says, “Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter water from the same opening?” In other words, if you’ve been down to a stream you are either going to get good fresh water that is not bitter or you’re going to get bad, dirty water that is bitter. So he is saying you don’t have two types of water flowing together in the same stream. Well the same is true about the mouth. So when people hear what I say, guess what they see. They see the inside. They see what I am really like. They see what my speech is all about and then they know whether I am really in God or of God and therefore special in speech or evil in my speech doing that which is contrary to God.

Well with those things in mind then what I would like to do with the remainder of our time is to look at a few ideas as far as what would make us to have speech that is not special. We know that what makes it special is we are godly and we are striving to again do what God has asked and say what God has said and say things that are approved of by God. So therefore again, the holiness, the righteousness, on and on and on. We understand what it is that is good. But what I would like to focus on is: What are things that we do that are not good, that are bad, that are sinful, that therefore make our speech not like what God wants, special in speech, therefore standing out as being seen as godly but wicked in our speech.

Well we’ve already mentioned back in Ecclesiastes chapter 5 the idea of making vows and as we talk about the idea of making vows, certainly it tells us there that, “A fool speaks many words. A fool speaks many words and makes many rash vows and then does not fulfill them.” Well that’s condemned. It is condemned by God when we claim that we will do something or pay certain dues but yet then we do not. Do we find this in the New Testament? Certainly we do. Are there times that even men like Peter (Matthew 14) made a commitment to Jesus that he would not let Him down, that something would not happen, and then as we know the story continues on and what did Peter do? Several things against our Lord. He denied Him there, denied Him three times even cursing saying, “I know not the man.” You see, sometimes we make a commitment and say we are not going to, and yet we do, so make sure that we are not quick to speak, that we don’t say things that we are not ready to back up and that we are not ready to really stay committed to and to prove before our God in Heaven.

Also we need to understand that we should not take the name of God in vain. I think this is a pretty obvious one but there are those today, friends of yours, in fact some of you who often will scream out or yell out the name “God” or “Lord.” Maybe it’s because you hit your finger or maybe you don’t like something that is happening. I know it just frustrates me on television to no end when I’m watching something and I see someone begin just to say, “God, God, God, God, God” over something silly or something that excites them or something that scares them. How sad! We are not to blaspheme. We are not to take the name of God in vain. That was even under The Ten Commandments in Exodus chapter 20 and it is reiterated by Jesus Christ Himself. Why would I ever want to use the name of God in a careless or a flippant way?

What about cursing? Do you ever hear somebody who curses? Well, some people maybe don’t get into the cursing which we obviously know is wrong, which even our world understands to a certain extent is wrong. But then someone will turn around and use euphemisms. You know what a euphemism is. When you begin to use words that are similar to others so that you don’t have to say maybe the ones that are as bad like the idea of saying, “Gosh” instead of “God.” We’ve got to be careful again. Why? Because we are special in speech. We need people to understand that I have gone out of my way to make sure that what I say is right and pure, that it is holy, that it is godly, that it lifts Him up, not me.

Then what about the idea of lies? We know that lies are condemned by God, but yet what is it that so many in our world on this earth do, so many who claim to be Christians will do? They will lie and tell you something that is not true or they will commit to doing something and then they will not do it. They literally have told you an untruth and they know they are going to deceive you in that because they are not going to accomplish the task. Yet again another problem, another problem that we must not be caught up in.

What about slander? I’m afraid sometimes in relationship to gossip and the way we like to talk to each other and make fun of others. Slander is something that many times we are guilty of because we like to put down other people. We like to talk down about other people because when we put them down, it makes us feel better. It makes us feel bigger. Look how bad or wicked they are. Makes me think of that Pharisee, that Jew who was looking at that sinner that was praying afar off to his God because of his humility. Brethren, we’ve got to understand that slandering God or slandering others is unacceptable and is sinful and therefore our speech is as well unacceptable.

Then what about even the idea of murmuring and complaining? Don’t you get sick of seeing Israel in the Old Testament complain and complain and complain? Boy I do! But what do we do? We complain about everything. We complain about our salaries. We complain about our jobs. We complain about the weather. We complain about things that often we can’t even change or affect, but yet we still complain. Why complain when we know God provides? When we know God has said that we should be content.

We’ve got to make sure that what comes out of our mouth does not really show forth any of these things that we have begun to look at this morning, that it does not show forth anything that really is uncommon or improper for a Christian but rather instead of using communication that is corrupt or sinful or wicked as we read in Ephesians chapter 4 verse 29, why not use that communication that imparts grace to the hearer, that actually is in favor and in favor of the one who hears, that they might be what? Edified! That they might be encouraged. That they might know God. That they might be challenged to be able to follow God and that they might want to know what it is that makes me so different.

So let me ask you this morning: What type of speech will you have? A speech that is like the world, that’s like everyone else that really does not set you apart? Or a speech that is of God, a speech that proves not only to God but the world that you are special to God and you are special in word and deed?

(SONG # 3 - “A New Creature!”)

CLOSING COMMENTS

Again, let me thank you for choosing to be with us this morning. I hope we all have been encouraged through our time spent together. Please remember, you are invited to join us every Sunday morning at 7:30, as we commit ourselves to this service of God.

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What type of speech do you have before God and this world? Is it a special and godly speech as commanded in the Bible? If not, why not change your heart, soul and mind even today; so that all things which come forth from your mouth are truly of God!

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