August 21 – 27

Weekly Reading for August 21 – 27

Preparing for Next Week’s Message

Sermon Series: The Dream Life
Sermon Title: Out with Dishonesty and Laziness, In with Hard Work and Generosity

This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on August 21, 2022:

Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon

Sermon Series: The Dream Life
Sermon Title: Out with Anger and In with Peace
Delivered On: August 21, 2022


Memorize and Reflect

Ephesians 4:26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry…

Prayer Direction

Ask God to help you recognize where anger hides in your heart and pray for humility to admit it. Pray for power to submit your anger to the wise leading of the Holy Spirit. Ask for Jesus’ power to be unleashed in your life so that you can fight against any temptation of the enemy to sin in response to your anger.

“Live It!” Challenge

Name Your Anger Style – Think through the five kinds of anger discussed in this week’s sermon and ask God to show you which kind of anger that tends to grow in your heart:
- Explosive and Eruptive Anger
- Locked In and Locked Up Anger
- Calculated Retaliation Driven by Anger
- Passive Aggressive Anger
- Spiritualized Attacks as Camouflaged Anger

Small Group Discussion

  1. What kind of anger seems to come naturally into your heart and life? Think about the five kinds of anger listed above.

  2. How have you seen your anger (or the anger of another person) lead to sin?

  3. Read: Ephesians 4:26-27. Why does God call us to deal with anger quickly and not ignore it?

  4. What can happen if we ignore the anger that is growing inside of us?

  5. How can hidden and unresolved anger open the door for Satan to work in our life? How have you seen this happen?

  6. When we face anger and deal with it, how can this lead to peace in our life and our relationships? How have you seen this happen?

  7. Read: Matthew 18:15-17. Why do you think Jesus calls us to speak only to the person who has offended or sinned against us and not talk with anyone else (until we have tried to resolve issues with the one who has sinned against us)?

  8. How can inviting in one or two godly people into the conversation help us find restoration in a broken relationship?

  9. How can inviting a pastor or church leader into the confrontation process help us face the complexity of a relationship that has been broken because of sin?

  10. How can your group members pray for you as you seek restoration in a relationship that has been fractured because of sin? (Be careful not to use names of people in this conversation)