Sunday School Notes 1-25-2015

Topic: Wrath

Scripture: Ephesians 4:22-27

“You took off your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires; you are being renewed in the spirit of your minds; you put on the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of the truth.

Since you put away lying, Speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, because we are members of one another. Be angry and do not sin. Don’t let the sun go down on your anger, and don’t give the Devil an opportunity”

What is Wrath? (vv. 26)

  • Being wrathful is acting according to our anger.
    • Is it wrong to be angry?
      • Yes and no
    • Should we ever act according to our anger? Is acting in wrath ever okay?
      • Yes and no
      • Consider that God does get angry and does punish according to His anger. God’s anger and wrath is always righteous.
      • Is our anger and wrath always righteous?
    • Since we are not perfect in our anger and in our wrath, when should we try to avoid both anger and wrath?
      • We should be angry with the things that God is angry with and be pleased with the things that God is pleased with.
      • Since we are not perfect, our anger should never move us to action, only God’s conviction should move us to action.

Former way of life?

  • When we come to know Christ, do we remain the same?
    • No! We are transformed into something new and God begins conforming us to the image of Himself.
    • God’s likeness is righteousness and purity of the truth.
    • We are constantly being renewed.

What does it mean that we should put away the old self or take off our former way of life?

  • We were a people not of God, when we accepted God we put away the old self.
    • We no longer act to honor self, but instead to honor God.
    • Now that we are a people of God, we put on the new self and adopt a new way of life.
    • We work to honor God more and more each day.
  • We put away lying and commit ourselves to speak the truth.
  • We commit ourselves not to sin in our anger and to be concerned with the things of God, not of humankind.

Questions for class discussion:

  1. How much change is there within a person when he or she comes to know Christ?
    1. A person is changed wholly into an image bearer of God. At salvation, a transformation begins that changes us inwardly and outwardly throughout our lives.
  2. Is it a sin to be angry?
    1. When is it okay to get angry?
    2. Should we ever act because of our anger?
  3. What does Paul mean when he writes, telling us not to let the Sun go down on our anger?
  4. How does my dwelling on anger give the devil an opportunity?

Homework!

How do you deal with anger?

Think, journal or blog about your thoughts.

  • There are days when I get angry at the smallest things. I drop a pen or I can’t find my phone or I stub my toe. Is the same true for you?
    • How do you deal with that anger?
    • Where do you think that anger comes from?
  • When someone does something to anger us:
    • How might we deal with that anger?
    • What role does forgiveness play in our ridding ourselves of anger?
    • What role does prayer play?
    • What role does reading scripture play?
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