June 11: Deadly Sin #3- Anger (James 1:19-20)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
Scott Forney will continue a series going through Tim Keller's "Meaning of Marriage" at 10 am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament).
19) Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20) for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.
Anger is an issue faced by every human, young or old, single or married, regardless of race, education, social status or even temperament. Of the seven deadly sins, anger is one of the deadliest. The book of James is the NT version of the book of Proverbs and offers wisdom for this life. James, in his effort to mature the church, addresses one of our greatest struggles...discerning and dealing with our anger. Left uncontrolled it will wreak havoc, but when it is dismantled it will lead us to freedom and righteousness. As previous weeks, we will look at the nature of anger, its symptoms/costs and then ways to kill it.
Review and Apply
How would you describe the nature of anger? How would you differentiate the anger of God and the anger of man?
How does it appear in your life? In what ways does anger manifest itself? Ask a spouse or a friend how they see you get angry.
In a review of the last few weeks, what were the unmet desires and wants that led to your anger?
Explain how anger flows from love.
Are there outstanding conflicts in your life right now? What steps do you need to take to reconcile them?
What are some of the costs that you have paid for being angry?
How is expressing anger an attempt to gain control or exercise judgment?
How does the gospel strengthen you to kill anger? See Matthew 18