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Bible Lesson: Words Matter

By Rachel L. Galarneau | Graduated Warner University with degree in Transformational Christian Ministry and leads an urban outreach ministry. | August 4 2012

Opening Game Option:

Ask students to fill in the blanks to these popular quotes.

 "To be, or (not to be). That is the question."—Macbeth, Shakespeare

"Ask not what your country can do for you, but (what you can do for your country)."—John F. Kennedy

"Luke, I am (your father)."—Darth Vader, The Empire Strikes Back

"An apple a day keeps (the doctor away)."—Benjamin Franklin

"Slow and steady (wins the race)."—"The Tortoise and the Hare," Aesop's Fables

"Eeny, meeny, miney, moe…(Catch a tiger by its toe)."—Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, (but have everlasting life)."—John 3:16, The Holy Bible

"If you have a complete set of salad bowls and they all say Cool Whip on the side, you might be (a redneck)."—Jeff Foxworthy

"With great power comes great (responsibility)."—Voltaire (or Spiderman, whatever)

"All is fair in love (and war)."—Anonymous Proverb

"(Elementary,) my dear Watson."—Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

"(Bond), James (Bond)."—James Bond

"There's no place like (home)."—Dorothy Gale, Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone (in the light)."—Hellen Keller

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness)."—The Declaration of Independence

"Off with her (head)!"—Henry IIIV

"Let me show you how it's done, (Loser!)"—Babe Ruth

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, (but words will never hurt me)."—Anonymous Proverb

Discussion Questions:

Do you think the final quote is true—that words never hurt us?

Why or why not?

As in our game, we have a tendency to remember what someone has said to us. Why?

What makes our words so important?

How do our words affect others?

Are there words we shouldn't say?

Why or why not?

What makes a word good or bad?

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Object Lesson:

Take a tube of toothpaste, a spoon and a paper plate. Ask for a volunteer. Ask the volunteer to squirt some of the toothpaste onto the paper plate. He can do however much or however little he wants. He can use the whole tube if his heart desires (whatever he feels is a good amount). When he is done, ask the student to put the toothpaste back into the tube.

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