“Love is not easily angered”
1 Cor. 13:5—Matt. 5:21-26
(This message is online at: nwbcspringfield.com) - Use this listening guide as you watch the video worship services online. This will also have questions you can use with your connect group.
1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is _____________________
When we get angry – we typically respond in one of two ways ---- ________________________ – or _______________________
Buck Parsons wrote -- “If everything ______________________, we need to repent. If nothing _________________________, we need to repent.”
James 1:19 – says – “Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and ____________________________________
I. ANGER CAN ____________________________US (v. 21-22)
loving well – being a Christian means _________________________ our _____________________ to anger and ___________________ it to God’s Spirit. In other words – our passions are controlled by the Holy Spirit
Anger is an opportunity to respond in the ___________-– or to respond in the _________________
II. ANGER CAN BE ___________________________ (v. 23-25a)
If you are a part ________________________________, you have a part _____________________________
III. ANGER WILL _______________________________ US (v. 25b-26)
ICEBREAKER—Think of a time during the past week when you felt your emotions changing in the direction of impatience and anger.
APPLY THE BIBLE - Read Luke 6:43-45 - Although anger may be initiated by something outside of you, by what is it colored, controlled and shaped? What does the scripture you read reveal?
Q1—What is the purpose of a battle? What does this have to do with Romans 1:25? ?
Q2— Where do I see a battle raging between what I desire and what God desires? Share an example. What are some of those little moments of daily life where my anger shows up? .
Q3—. What is your typical mode of punishment when you do not get your way? (Silence, withdrawal, angry words, violence?). Pastor Paul talked about the turtle and the skunk, which one applies to you?
Q4—If you are a part of the conflict, you have a part in the conflict. What does that statement mean to you?
A LITTLE LOVE HOMEWORK:
· At some point this week write down your response to: Where this past week have I been irritable? With whom? What was I focusing on?
· CHANCE TO SERVE Have you and your group determined how you will serve during LOVE WEEK? Discuss what kinds of events would fit your Group. Yes, you can participate in more than one outreach if that works for your Group! Thank you for your hearts of compassion towards our “neighbors.”