Gossip
Stop bugs dead!
What is gossip?

• I helped build log cabins in Idaho
• We had to strip the bark off the logs. Why?
• If the bark is on, i...
Mountains can crumble
• In Seneca Rock,s WV there once was a
  large rock cliff called “The Gendarme”
• Or take the “Man i...
That’s how gossip is
• Gossip is like the little bug that crawls in
• Gossip is like a little bit of moisture
• We need to...
Bible Verses

• The Bible has something to say about this!
• Can someone read Proverbs 18:8?
• Can some read Proverbs 26:2...
Wait a minute!
• Why did you read the wrong verse?
• Truth is that verse is in the Bible twice!
• Why?
• It must be import...
Gossip is yummy

• Gossip is fun and it sinks in really quick.
• It’s like eating candy.
• Just like candy can rot your te...
What I’ve Seen

• I’ve seen it take down whole,
  large churches, just split them in two.
• I’ve seen the strong rock, the...
How does gossip do this?
• It betrays confidence!
• Proverbs 11:13
• A gossip betrays a confidence,
  but a trustworthy man ...
Someone to lean on
• In a church, you need to be able to confide
  in others so that you can be accountable
  and uplifted....
How to combat gossip?
• You need to “call it out” and strip off the
  protection that lets it burrow.
• Don’t let others s...
Stop bugs dead!
• Ephesians 4:29
• Doyour mouths,unwholesome talkhelpful for
  of
     not let any
                 but on...
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  1. 1. Gossip Stop bugs dead!
  2. 2. What is gossip? • I helped build log cabins in Idaho • We had to strip the bark off the logs. Why? • If the bark is on, insects can burrow there • That causes the log to rot • Eventually the log cabin will come down
  3. 3. Mountains can crumble • In Seneca Rock,s WV there once was a large rock cliff called “The Gendarme” • Or take the “Man in the Mountain” in NH • These were pinnacles, the main attraction • Water seeps in, freezes, cracks, repeats • Over time the entire monument collapses from simple water and temperature
  4. 4. That’s how gossip is • Gossip is like the little bug that crawls in • Gossip is like a little bit of moisture • We need to strip off its protection • We need to keep the things dry and warm • Otherwise, the little things can cause the whole cabin or mountain to collapse
  5. 5. Bible Verses • The Bible has something to say about this! • Can someone read Proverbs 18:8? • Can some read Proverbs 26:22 • The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.
  6. 6. Wait a minute! • Why did you read the wrong verse? • Truth is that verse is in the Bible twice! • Why? • It must be important! • Maybe because we are too busy gossiping to hear this Word from the Lord
  7. 7. Gossip is yummy • Gossip is fun and it sinks in really quick. • It’s like eating candy. • Just like candy can rot your teeth. • Gossip can crack the foundation of friendship.
  8. 8. What I’ve Seen • I’ve seen it take down whole, large churches, just split them in two. • I’ve seen the strong rock, the monuments of men, come crashing down. • I’ve seen the scattered flock lose sight of God when their churches collapsed.
  9. 9. How does gossip do this? • It betrays confidence! • Proverbs 11:13 • A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret. • Proverbs 20:19 • A gossip betrays a confidence; so avoid a man who talks too much.
  10. 10. Someone to lean on • In a church, you need to be able to confide in others so that you can be accountable and uplifted. • If you tell someone you are struggling with a sin, you don't want them announcing it. • When there is no confidence in the church, sin can take root.
  11. 11. How to combat gossip? • You need to “call it out” and strip off the protection that lets it burrow. • Don’t let others saybut so and so...” “don't tell any one • Allowing yourself to listengossip tolie you are providing a haven for to that infest your relationship and bring the house down • Whether yours or the church
  12. 12. Stop bugs dead! • Ephesians 4:29 • Doyour mouths,unwholesome talkhelpful for of not let any but only what is come out building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. • You don'twhat youstop encourages make sure that have to say talking, but each other and builds up others, especially in their absence.

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