Weekly Study Questions

Proverbs 15, "The Ministry of the Tongue"

  1. In what way does the description of the tongue in James 3:1-12 help us more fully understand the importance of committing ourselves to living in the wisdom of God?
  2. In my sermon I quoted the children's rhyme "Sticks and stones can break my bone but words can never hurt me". In what way do words break bones and in fact hurt others deeply? List some examples? You can use James 3 and Proverbs 15 to start your thinking.
  3. If the beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord. What does it tell us about the basic characteristic of a fool? About his relationship with God and His Word?
  4. What does Proverbs 26:11 tell us about a fool? Check out these other verses that help us understand the characteristics of a fool. Proverbs 1:22; 12:16, 23; 14:3; 18:2, 6, 7.
  5. According to Luke 6:45 what is the source of our words? Why is it important that we know the origin? In what way does 2 Corinthians 5:17 change the source of our words?
  6. According to Ephesians 4:29 as new creatures in Christ our words should now be changed. How are they to be changed? What is an unwholesome word? What is an edifying word? Examples?
  7. In what way does Proverbs 15:28 equip us to experience the blessing, and be the blessing of Proverb 15:23? What is an apt answer? What is a timely word? In what way is an apt answer and giving a timely word a part of God's design for the ministry of our tongues?
  8. What does it mean to turn away wrath with a gentle answer? What would that look like in real life? What is a gentle (soft) answer?
  9. How does responding in a soft way serve the purposes of God? Especially those in Ephesians 4:27? Check out Gen. 4:6. What was God's ministry to Cain?
  10. What does Proverbs 15:2, 4, 7 reveal about the important work the ministry of our tongues is to accomplish? What is that work? How does the work of the tongue help us to better understand, or more fully appreciate the work of wisdom?
  11. In what way is ministering with a soothing tongue a tree of life to people. In what way can the words that we speak be soothing? Healing? Life and life giving?
  12. In my message I suggested that our own self talk needs to be shaped by the wisdom of the tongue we have found here in Proverbs 15. How should we talk with ourselves under the direction of the wisdom found in Proverbs 15:1-2, 4?
  13. What would "self talk" look like if it truly was operating as a soothing tongue? A tree of life?
  14. What would the way I talk with myself look like if I was following the commands of Ephesians 4:29-32? Is it possible to grieve the Holy Spirit in the way that we talk to ourselves? How would the Holy Spirit have us use the ministry of words toward ourselves? For what purpose?
  15. In what way does the reality of 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 "you are not your own, you were bought with a price" cause you to speak to yourself differently? What is that difference?
  16. What have you learned about "the ministry of your tongue" from the wisdom revealed in Proverbs 15? How are you going to apply what you have learned to others and to yourself?