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February 3: The Danger of Anger (Matt 5:21-26)

Worship Preparation - February 3 2013

Prayer and Bible Reading Guide - February 3-9 2013

 

Matthew 5:21-22  You have heard that it was said to those of old, "You shall not murder." But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment.

 

Sermon Summary

Jesus has told his followers that in order to enter the kingdom of God a person must have a righteousness that is greater than that of the Pharisees. Thankfully, we learn that this greater righteousness comes by faith in Christ who has comes to fulfill the promises and demands of God. What we will learn over the next six weeks is that this faith in Christ produces a righteousness that is indeed greater and more profound than that of the Pharisees. Through the gift of God’s Spirit, followers of Jesus can now walk out a greater righteousness in the various aspects of life. This week we see this dynamic explained in regards to maintaining reconciled relationships. For the natural man, anger and conflict lead to division and disunity. But for the Christian anger and conflict ought to be reconciled for the glory of God, thus displaying this greater righteousness. As we look forward to gather this Sunday, take time to consider the nature of your relationships and the degree of righteousness that is displayed by their harmony and unity.

 

Review and Apply

  • How does unresolved anger affect our ability to worship?
  • How does meditating on the gospel free us to overcome bitterness and anger?
  • What words might others use to describe your anger – simmering, rageful, or properly expressed?
  • Is there a person in your life that you are presently struggling with in anger?
  • Why are you angry and what have you done to resolve the conflict?
  • While a measure of conflict is the atmosphere in which most of the world lives, why is conflict incompatible with the child of the kingdom?
  • How do others see the gospel in your reconciliation of conflict?