We live in an angry world. We think we need our anger. But Jesus calls the church to be a space of radical reconciliation where former enemies become friends.
This Week's Action Step:
Settle Matters Quickly
Small Group Questions:
· Jesus has asked us to be a community of peace in an angry world.
· Peace is not just avoiding anger, but it is pursuing reconciliation.
When is the last time you were really angry?
A recent study shows that half of Americans are angrier today than they were a year ago.
Why do you think that is? Why are we getting angrier?
I said anger is a substitute emotion, meaning when something happens that causes us pain, we’ll substitute the pain we feel for anger because we would rather feel angry than sad.
Have you experienced that to be true in your life? Name an instance.
We noted that the goal of Jesus’s teaching here is not about avoiding anger but about aggressively pursuing reconciliation.
Why is it important to keep this big picture in mind? To keep in mind that the goal is a community of radical reconciliation and not just a community that avoids anger?
Name a person you are angry with and a person who is angry with you.
How can you take steps toward reconciliation with those people?
Songs from Today
Faithful To The End by Brian Johnson, Hannah McClure, Joel Taylor, and Paul McClure
Mercy by Amanda Cook and Steffany Frizzell Gretzinger
Jesus We Love You by Hannah McClure, Kalley Heiligenthal, and Paul McClure
Miracles by Chris Quilala, Dustin Smith, Joshua Silverberg, and Stuart Garrard
O Come To The Altar by Christopher Brown, Mack Brock, Steven Furtick, and Wade Joye