Cornerstone exists because of Jesus. We are a people who have been transformed by the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, God has forgiven us and adopted us into his family. Now, we have a whole new life.
Through the gospel, God redeems us, forgives us, and adopts us into his family. The good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection makes each one of us a new creation and gives us a new identity: children of God. This is why we can never think of the church as an organization or a building. The church is actually a family—God’s family, filled with redeemed sinners that are now his children.
Through the gospel, God forgives us, adopts us into his family, and makes us his disciples. This means that the church is not just any family. We are a family formed by God—and sent out with a purpose.
The church is a family that ministers to one another, cares for one another, and builds one another up. Each member of the family is a child of God who is uniquely gifted to bless the family and to be a light in our city.
Just like a vine grows best with a good trellis, our church family grows best with good programs. Our programs and ministries are tailored to support the community and mission God has given us.
We’ve all heard that Jesus said that being angry is like murdering someone in your heart. But, is that really true? Is this just Jesus using hyperbole, or is he genuinely laying down a radical ethic that is seemingly impossible to keep? In our sermon this week we explore how each one of us has a problem with anger that is greater than we knew, how God’s grace is greater than we imagined, and how God’s call to selflessly love others is greater than we ever thought possible.
1. How does your anger usually manifest itself? “Hot” through venting or “Cool” through quiet bitterness?
2. What are the situations in which your anger most often manifests itself?
3. Do you ever feel like God’s grace isn’t big enough for your struggles or sin? If so, how can you be reminded of the magnitude of his mercy and grace?
4. What are some practical ways you can show love toward those you are tempted to express anger toward? How can you actively replace anger with love?
Uprooting Anger: Biblical Help for a Common Problem by Robert Jones
Good and Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness by David Powlison
The Root of Sinful Anger (Interview)
Below are scriptures to help you meditate on today’s sermon topic throughout the week:
Monday: Ephesians 4:25-26
Tuesday: Colossians 2:13-15
Wednesday: Proverbs 12:18
Thursday: James 4:1-3
Friday: Galatians 5:19-26
As you meditate on the scriptures above, use these prompts to help you engage with God in prayer:
Insight: Ask God to help you see the ways in which you are angry, and the moments when your anger surfaces.
Confess: Confess your anger for what it is, without using words to justify or excuse it. Take responsibility for your anger before God.
Wrestle: Think through the ways you try to justify your anger. What are the excuses that make you feel like it is an acceptable response to certain situations?
Request: Ask God to deepen your appreciation for the magnitude of his grace and his power to transform your heart.
Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.
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