Principles for Conduct in Communication

2010 Ligonier Conference


In this 24 minute session from the 2010 Ligonier National Conference, Tim Challies, pastor and author, talks about the incredible responsibility of our online voice. He calls us to apply Paul’s instruction to “speak the truth in love” to everything that we say through our keyboards on blogs, comments and in social media.



Ephesians 4:15 (ESV)

15Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.



Tim has challenged us to be distinctly Christian in our speaking, truthing and loving.


Based on the way Tim described potential online voice, how would you describe yours?
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James 3:5 (ESV)

5So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Colossians 4:6 (ESV)

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

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Ephesians 4:29 (ESV)

29Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Ephesians 5:4 (ESV)

4Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


How have you seen a “forest set ablaze” by careless words? What lesson can you glean from this situation?
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How have you noticed a de-emphasis and devaluing of truth in our culture today? Where do you hear “has God really said…”
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Do you use an internet filter? What do you do to guard your eyes and your mind?
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What do you do to guard your heart? How do you develop and exercise spiritual discernment?
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How do you avoid hiding behind the uncaring (even cowardly) cloak of anonymity?
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Who double checks your words before you post something particularly serious online? Why is this person a good candidate, and how can you ask this brother or sister to get into that kind of accountability with you and your online presence?
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Speaking, truthing and loving in a godly way requires discernment and a heart surrendered to the Spirit’s leading. Pray for these things as you slow down and consider how wisdom dictates you should use your words before you click that button and make them public.



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