During the first part of the Easter season, we’ll be looking at the story of David and Goliath to understand the power of the resurrection in our lives. Rather than living in fear, complacency, anger, and rejection, God has opened up a new way for us to live in him. Through God, the “goliaths” of our lives no longer have the power over us. This week, we’ll look at how God, through Christ, has set us free from anger.
What is a pet peeve of yours? Why does it bother you?
1 Samuel 17:25-30; James 1:19; Mark 10:13-16
- Why do people get angry? While there might be different causes, what ties instances of anger together?
Read 1 SAMUEL 17:25-30
- Think about this story from the perspective of Eliab. Why would he get angry? Is he justified in his anger?
Leader’s Note: If the group is not familiar with Eliab’s story it make by good to review 1 Samuel 16.
- Thinking back on previous week’s conversations, where else do you see anger in 1 Samuel 17, or where might you imagine it to be present? How do those forms of anger compare with Eliab’s anger?
- Can anger be “wrong”? What makes a particular instance of anger unjustifiable? What makes it justifiable?
Read James 1:19 & Mark 10:13-16
- Why do you think James cautions against anger? Can one control the speed at which they get angry? How?
Leader’s Note: It may be a good chance to invite people to share their experiences of controlling or working with their anger. What strategies have people used to combat a quick temper?
- Is it okay for follower’s of Christ to become angry? Under what circumstances?
- How should anger be appropriately expressed as a follower of Christ? Have you ever seen examples of this done well?
Diving Deeper: Get Angry
Reflecting on the injustices of the black experience in the United States, Joshua L. Lazard, the C. Eric Lincoln Minister at Duke Chapel, writes
“A space must exist in the pulpits, with sermons that acknowledge anger and righteous indignation, as well as in the curricula of Christian education departments. And yes, even in the sacred spaces of a mid-week bible study.”
- What do you think of this sentiment? Why is it necessary to create spaces in Christian community which embrace righteous indignation?
- Take this time to talk about some things that make you righteously angry. How can you bring those feelings to God, and what outlets are available that can help you process and act productively on those feelings?