Transformed into his image - Slow to anger Luke 22 – Sept 20th
- In times of crisis, do you stay cool, get hot, panic or dig in?
- What makes you really angry?
Read Psalm 86 together.
Word - Reading
Ask people to look over (rather than read as it is very long) Luke 22 and 23. Where do we see the character of Jesus in these chapters? You may want to highlight the following:
- Judas betrays prepares to betray Jesus - But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. Luke 22:21
- Peter will deny Jesus - “I tell you, Peter, before the cock crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” Luke 22:34
- Jesus heals rather than fights - “No more of this!” And he touched the man’s ear and healed him. Luke 22:51
- Jesus’ cry from the cross is for forgiveness - Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34
Word - Questions
- Where are the other pressure points in the passage that could have resulted in Jesus becoming angry?
- Jesus new that someone would betray him, yet he still called Judas to be a disciple. How and why was he able to do this?
- Jesus has spent three year training his disciples, one betrays him, one denies him and the others run. How might Jesus feel?
- How does Jesus respond to you when you deny or betray him?
- Jesus does get angry, what examples can you think of?
- Turning over the tables in the temple
- Jesus with the Pharisees
- In Jesus getting angry, what does he not do? (punch, protest, write spiteful emails etc)
- What's the difference between being known for being angry and being slow to anger?
- If we are going to be a faithful witness of Jesus to the world, how (if at all) should we express our anger?
- As Christians is it ok to be peaceful on the outside yet in a boiling rage inside? How are you doing here?
- In the way that you behave, what is the Holy Spirit challenging you on in this area?
- What work do your relationships need so that you reflect the life of Christ in them?
Download the full series notes in PDF format here.
Mark Searle, 03/09/2009