For Further Study:
Community Group Notes
For the week of December 18, 2016
(Questions and Scriptures for further personal study)
1. Many may be surprised that anger is actually an attribute of God, given to us for our benefit to help us protect others, ourselves, and bring about justice. Of course it can be distorted, as we so often see, causing undue damage in a variety of settings and relationships. How do the following verses help us evaluate if our anger is expressed in a way that pleases God (Ephesians 4:26)?
James 1:19-20 Romans 12:17-19 1 Peter 5:7-8
2. This weekend we heard that being discouraged or angry doesn’t necessarily mean we’re not being patient. In fact, all too often we think we have to just be positive to show we’re remaining faithful. Psalm 77 shows how we can be real about what’s going on and what we think in the midst of a tough situation and still remain faithful and patient. After reading Psalm 77, jot down a few of your own thoughts and/or emotions about a tough season in your life or a test you’ve encountered. Also try to include anything you can think of that God has done for you.
3. One of the keys to keeping our effectiveness and patience is keeping our reputation and character intact. Psalm 112 reads like a grocery list of the actions and character qualities of a righteous man or woman with the kind of character God calls us to have. As you read through this Psalm, use your own words to make a list of all the actions, character qualities, and blessings you can identify. Are there any you want to further develop and make sure you don’t forget?