Mind Monsters Week 2 – Discussion Guide
Anger is a thought that we are supposed to bring into captivity (to the obedience of Christ). When we get angry, we should imitate what Jesus did when He got angry.
Have you ever seen a sporting event where a coach lost their cool? Did it make sense for him/her to lose it, or was it ridiculous on the instant replay? Share your favorite “I saw a coach (or fan) go berzerk” story!
Humans are made in the image of God, so it shouldn’t seem too strange that God also feels anger (Numbers 25:3, Exodus 4:14). Even in the person of Jesus, God was sometimes angry (Mark 3:5). But Jesus also warned that anger can be morally the same as murder (Matthew 5:22). So it’s not a matter of whether we will have feelings of anger. It’s a matter of how quickly we will have those feelings, and what we will do when those feelings arrive.
Primary Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 10:5, Mark 3:5, Ephesians 4:26, Psalm 103:8
- God asks us to bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. Jesus also asked Peter to come to Him while He walked on the water. God routinely asks people to do things that they are not capable of doing on their own. Can you think of why God would do this?
- Jesus is recorded as being angry in Mark 3:5. When you read the whole passage, with whom is Jesus angry? Why? How is this different from His warning about anger in Matthew 5:22?
- Read Ephesians 4:26. Jesus clearly never sinned, even though He got angry. What did Jesus do with His anger? How can you follow His example?
- God tells us to be slow to anger (James 1:19), in part because that’s the way God is (Psalm 103:8). That’s not the same as “don’t ever be angry.” Can you think of some Biblical examples where God was slow to anger?
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read James 1:19-20 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.