Who has been a great example to you of how to live for Christ?

What do they do that shows you Christ?

 If you were going to model your life in Christ after anyone, who would it be? Why?


 12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. – 1 Timothy 4:12

 Have you ever thought of yourself as an example for others?

Who are some people in your life that might look up to you?


Do you know any unbelievers that might look to you as an example of Christ?

How does it make you feel to think that others might want to model their life after you?


Set an Example in Speech

 What does it mean to set an example in speech?

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. –Ephesians 4:29

 What do you think unwholesome talk is?

Is there a kind of unwholesome talk that you tend to struggle with?

How is unwholesome talk a bad example for unbelievers?


What does it mean to build others up?

What are some great ways to build someone up? (Maybe share a time when someone built you up.)


If we are not careful, we can tear people down with our words.  What are some ways that we tear people down?  Why do people tear others down?


Do you think that people are kinder or more unkind when they are on things such as Snapchat, Instagram, or text message?

How does what you post or say online as a believer matter?


The big picture

 As a whole, do you think Christians are known for using their words to build others up? Why?