Faith Works

James 1:19-20

19 This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hearslow to speak and slow to anger

20 for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.

Read: We are a biblically rooted church who wants to help you overcome life’s emptiness through a deeper relationship with Christ and connection to a family who cares.

Transformation Questions:

  • What is the most ignorant thing you have ever done while frustrated on social media? Have you ever legitimately been mad at someone on social media? Do you find yourself writing things and deleting them often?
  • When you get in an argument, what are you usually doing in your mind? Do you think you listen well? Do you try to guess where they are going to formulate an answer? Do you often interrupt people when they are talking?
  • Read these four Proverbs one at a time, discuss their meaning, and how you can practically implement these truths in your life. 
    • Proverbs 10:19 When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.
    • Proverbs 17:28 Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.
  • When in a political argument, do people on your side of the aisle listen poorly? What kinds of things do you see them doing? (This is not a chance to talk about what people you disagree with do wrongly.)
    • Leaders, please do not let anyone go off on a tirade about Democrats or Republicans. We are trying to get people’s hearts ready for the 2020 election cycle. You do not know the positions of the people in your groups; please protect someone who may have a different opinion. Help everyone show restraint.
  • When you are frustrated with someone or are in a verbal jousting match, what things can you do to listen well, despite your feelings?
  • What does it mean to listen to God? How do you hear from God?
    • This means being in the Bible and praying because that is where God speaks. 
  • Is it always wrong to be angry or to get mad at a situation?
    • No, the Bible says to be angry and do not sin. Jesus was angered and physically drove people out of the temple with a whip. But also notice a lot of wrong was being done all around Jesus and to Jesus, but Jesus was only angered at God’s name being blasphemed in God’s temple. If you are finding yourself angry and acting on it often, you are probably in the wrong. 
  • As a Christian, do I get to have an opinion in public that might be divisive? If so, is it wrong for me to share it? Or is there a wrong way for me to share it?
  • When you are in an argument or a situation that is getting heated, what are things you can do to deescalate the situation? Do you have an example of when you did it wrong and it blew up in your face?
  • Read Proverbs 15:1, “A soft word turns away wrath, a harsh word stirs anger.” In an argument, how can you implement this wisdom?
  • Do you feel pressure as a Christian to not share your opinion in the public square?
  • We are told to be slow to anger. When you feel yourself getting angry, what do you do to calm yourself down?
  • How many people were you able to invite this week? Was having an invitation mindset more difficult than you realized?