Communication

When communication between people or among a group of people is healthy, what does it look like?
What does it feel like? What happens to community when communication isn’t healthy? We explore these
questions as we dig into Ephesians 4:15 and continue our This Is Us series. Listen as Paul Kiss highlights
6 key aspects of communication. Together we learn that when communication is fuelled by the Spirit of love,
everyone benefits.

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This is Us: Communication

Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: July 21, 2019

When communication is fuelled by the Spirit of love, everyone benefits. Text: Ephesians 4:15

1. Authenticity and the Golden Rule

Christ Followers Committed To Healthy Communication…

1. Listen first
Text: James 1:19; Proverbs 18:13; 20:5

2. Speak encouragingly
Text: Hebrews 3:13

3. Speak truthfully
Text: Ephesians 4:15

4. Speak graciously
Text: Colossians 4:6; Titus 3:2, 9

5. Speak clearly
Text: Galatians 3:1-4

6. Speak lovingly
Text: Ephesians 4:15-16, 29; 1 Corinthians 13:1-2, 8

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say. – 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

 

1. When it comes to communicating well with the people in your life, with which one of the 6 areas listed in Paul’s sermon do you have the most difficulty?
2. What happens to community when communication isn’t healthy?
3. How much of unhealthy communication could be eliminated if we learned to listen well first?
4. Read Ephesians 4:15. How does this verse sometimes get used to justify communication that is done in a harsh way? How should we understand these words then? (Read the passage around it, from 4:1-16, for help in understanding).
5. Read Colossians 3:16-17. How does this counsel from the Apostle Paul help us understand the importance of listening and speaking encouragingly, graciously, clearly, truthfully and lovingly?
6. When communication between people or among a group of people is healthy, what does it look like? What does it feel like? Describe it.
7. How could we grow in our ability to communicate with one another in ways listed above in the sermon notes?

1. For one week, try to communicate with people in ways that are only encouraging, gracious, truthful, clear, loving. Try to improve your listening skills.
2. Spend some time answering this question as honestly as you can. “How well do people know what they need to know from me?”

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