Life Group Discussion Guide
We live in a time when outrage culture, and its close cousin, cancel culture, are on the rise. Many are easily angered and often all too happy to share their outrage on any social platform they can. It is easy to see in others, and cancel them for it, but can it lurk in our own attitudes? Do others see it in us? What does Jesus have to say about anger and rage, and what does it mean for us?
NOTE: This is the second Life Group Conversation Guide of the season, but it may also be your first group study gathering. Welcome, or, welcome back!! Take some time today to talk about what you hope to experience in Life Group this season, and how you are going to function (The “Life Group Essentials” form is available to assist in this conversation)
What types of things (either trivial or important) make you angry in everyday life? How do you usually express your anger? How do you get over it?
Read Mt 5:21-22. Anger is usually a response to an external provocation, hurt, or wrong, to us or those we care about. Why is it important how we respond? What are the consequences or results of different types of responses? To the person who wronged us? To ourselves?
Read Eph 4:26-27 (NASB). Is anger ever okay or even good? What causes for anger are justifiable? What kind of responses triggered by anger are acceptable to God?
What does letting go of anger look like? How do we do it? How will the resources Jesus provides help you change your thinking and responses the next time someone wrongs you?
Read Mt 5:23-26. In this passage, you are the one who has done wrong to someone else. What’s your usual response when someone is angry with you? What is the result? Is there a better way to handle it?
What if someone we’ve wronged refuses to forgive or be reconciled to us? What more do we need to do? A court settlement usually involves a payment or other kind of reparations to undo or compensate for a wrong that was done. Are reparations ever a valid expectation or demand, or should people be satisfied with an apology? When should we be willing to do more than just apologize to make up for a wrong we’ve done?
How can we help and encourage each other to respond well when someone wrongs us, or when we’ve wronged someone else?
What is God saying to you from His Word right now? What are you going to do about it?