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Learn how gossip can tear down a church and how to stop it.

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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.