Class I: “Why we speak”

“They Spoke So Effectively”

Acts 14.1

Class I: “Why we speak”

Our motivation, aims, purpose in speaking. The activity of God in speaking.

Find a God-inspired motivation and you will find something to say, and the motivation to say it.


  • QUESTION: “Why do we speak in congregational gatherings?” 

Biblical ‘speaking’

  • QUESTION: “What are some of the ways God ‘spoke’ to humankind in scripture?”
  • 2 Corinthians 5.19-20 
  • Romans 10.15
  • QUESTION: Since God is perfectly capable of speaking for himself, “Why does he choose to do so through humans?“
  • Summary
    • God speaks through …………
    • It’s the ………. way to communicate his truth and love

Response and question and answer session

  • Responses?
  • Questions?


  • Next week: “What to speak about” – How to pick a passage/topic; how to exegete; lesson planning tips.
  • Homework for next time:
    • Write a one sentence summary of why you speak – share next time
    • Send me questions/suggestions 

Resources: Tuesday Teaching Tips

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm

PS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John