Beneath the Surface: Anger

Big idea: It can be easy to judge our emotions as “good” and “bad”, but our emotions do not hold a moral quality in and of themselves, but rather it is our response which determines their moral quality. Anger is a descriptor of our natural hardwiring as human beings. The root of anger drives our passions, but left unchecked, it can do irreputable damage to our relationships. Scripture does not call us to suppress anger, but to harness our anger. This week as we look at Moses’ life in Exodus 2:11-15, we see anger build to rage and when fully grown, leads to murder. This week, we look at how to understand and harness our anger in those moments when it feels like our anger is controlling us.  

Key Passages: Exodus 2:11-15, 11:8, 32:19; Mark 11:12-18; Proverbs 16:32; Ephesians 4:26-27.  

Sharing Life: 

  • What stood out to you from this weekend’s message?   
  • Some people in this season choose to incorporate various disciplines into their spiritual lives. Is there a discipline over the next 40 days where God is inviting you to participate? I.e. fasting, Bible reading, prayer, generosity, etc. 

Opening Scripture:  

  • As you read the passages in Exodus about Moses’ life, how was ‘anger’ negative and positive? How have you experienced ‘anger’ negatively and/or positively?  
  • How have you learned to harness anger?   
  • Read through Proverbs 16:32 and Ephesians 4:26-27. What stands out? How can ‘anger’ become a foothold for our spiritual enemy?  

Praying Together:  

  • Take a moment to pray for one another.  
  • Read Ephesians 4:30-32 – Paul writes, “be kind and compassionate with one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” What can we learn and apply from the life of Jesus when it comes to anger this week?