Thoughtful Action: Discussion from Sunday's Sermon

Salty Speech

Colossians 4:5-6


Colossians 4:5–6 (ESV)

5Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.

6Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.


1.     What is wisdom? How do you define it? Please provide biblical support.

a.     In what way is wisdom practical?

b.     In what way is wisdom relational?

c.      In what way can you be wiser as a…

                                      i.     Citizen?

                                     ii.     Family member?

                                   iii.     Church member?

2.     Why should we “make the best use of the time” toward outsiders?

a.     What does an efficient use of time have to do with evangelism? 

b.     What does multi-tasking have to do with efficient evangelism?

c.      What is wrong with viewing evangelism as something that church members do one night of the week as a group?

d.     What can you do to be a better evangelist?

3.     Why is it so important to be “always” gracious toward outsiders?

a.     In what ways are you tempted to be gracious only sometimes?

b.     How difficult is to for your speech to be salty?

                                      i.     In what way should our speech be welcoming?

                                     ii.     In what way should our speech be cautioning?

4.     What is so intriguing about the words “so that”?  Which comes first?  Knowing how to answer people’s questions or evangelizing with wisdom, efficiency, and graciousness?