Quick Sermon Outline: Ephesians 4:28-30
Let the one who is stealing, steal no longer
But rather let him labor hard by means of working with his hands
So that he might have something to share with the one who has need.
Do not let any corrupt/foul word come out of your mouth, but only what is good
To build up according to the need
In order that it [the word] might give grace to the one who hears
And do not grieve/pain the Holy Spirit of God
By whom you were sealed to the day of redemption
Points from verse 28
1. We earn through hard work, not from theft or chasing pipe dreams.
2. We earn more so we might have more to give.
3. There are often legitimate needs in the Body of Christ. Just because someone has a need does not mean they were lazy.
4. The first line for meeting needs is the individual members of the body, not the deacons.
Points from verses 29-30
1. Words are powerful. See Proverbs 18:21
2. Our words are to meet need of the moment. This requires wisdom, which in turn requires listening.
3. Corrupt words grieve the Holy Spirit. One excellent way to not grieve the Spirit is to biblical language. This does not guarantee that your words are not corrupt, but it will help.