Tough as Nails-Part II

Series: Tough As Nails

Title: Part 2

Date: November 12-13, 2016

Speaker: Phil Vaughan


Big Idea:

Do not resist and evil person. Love your enemies. Give up your right to be offended.

Passages: Matthew 5:38-47; Ephesians 31-32

Discuss It:

·       What is appealing about anger or rage?

·       Read Matthew 5:38-47

·       How did Jesus say we should respond to people who do us evil? (v. 39)

·       How did Jesus say we should treat our enemies? (v. 44)

·       How would you summarize Jesus’ words in your own words?

·       Read Ephesians 31-32

·       Phil stated, “Anger seems to be regarded as a virtue among followers of Jesus.” What comes to mind as you think about this statement?

·       When attempting the difficult task of loving your enemies, which of these responses resonates with you?

o   I don’t want to

o   My effort comes up short

o   I learn to really on God

·       For you, what are the obstacles to loving your enemies or being less angry?

·       In what ways might your life look differently if your forfeited your right to being angry and offended?

Apply It:

·       What is the one thing you need to take away from this study?

·       What will help you remember it?

·       Is there anything that needs to change in your thinking, actions, or relationships as a result?