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September 13, 2023

Three Biblical Words to Live By (Part 1 – Words of Caution)

Passage: Matthew 12:1-33
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In this first segment of a three-part series our speaker Wil Melendrez will be covering "Words of Caution".

In this sermon by Wil Melendrez, delivered at Calvary Chapel West Jacksonville, we delve deep into the profound impact of our words. The study begins by emphasizing the fundamental role words play in our lives, from everyday conversations to momentous occasions. In a world rapidly advancing in technology, the importance of words remains constant.

The sermon explores the essence of words, drawing insights from various sources such as Wikipedia,, Merriam-Webster, and These sources collectively reveal that words are the building blocks of communication, each carrying meaning and power. English Composition 101 reminds us that sentences consist of nouns, verbs, and prepositional phrases, underlining the significance of constructing meaningful expressions.

However, the primary message of this sermon is not to dissect language but to emphasize that every word we speak or write leaves an impression on someone. Our sphere of influence extends to those around us, and our words have the potential to be interpreted as good or bad, right or wrong.

Delving into the origins of spoken language, the sermon challenges the notion of evolution as the source of language. It poses thought-provoking questions, asking whether we have ever witnessed monkeys building structures, dolphins creating vehicles, or eagles designing aircraft. These questions highlight the divine gift of language and its role in gathering knowledge about our surroundings.

Wil provides a proper worldview of how language originated rooted in the Bible rather than one based on fossils and random chance. Genesis 1:3, "And God said, 'Let there be light,'" is highlighted to illustrate the power of words in creation. This profound act of speech underscores the connection between words and the generation of life, much like the Sun sustains all living things on Earth.

Explored in Matthew Chapter 12, the sermon delves into the context of Jesus healing on the Sabbath. It emphasizes Jesus's role as the fulfillment of rest and God's desire for mercy over sacrifice. Micah 6:8 and Matthew 11:28-30 are referenced to support these points. The message encourages us to be cautious of our words, knowing that we will be held accountable for every empty word.

Drawing inspiration from James 1:19-20 and Romans 12:20-21, the sermon underscores the importance of listening, gentle speech, and responding to negativity with kindness. It advises individuals to cultivate respectful and understanding communication within their families, respecting authority figures and contributing positively to problem-solving.

The sermon concludes with an analogy, comparing the influence of words to the use of salt in cooking. Just as salt enhances the flavor of food, our words can either attract or repel people. Balancing our words and sharing the Gospel effectively is key to drawing others closer to God.

Throughout the sermon, the speaker, Wil Melendrez, encourages the congregation to reflect on the power of their words and their impact on those around them. He emphasizes the importance of using words with caution, and to reflect the teachings of Jesus as we speak.

We are left with a thought-provoking question: What will happen if we serve our words just right? To find out, viewers are invited to return for the next installment of this enlightening series at Calvary Chapel West Jacksonville.

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