How to deal with Anger at the Church as Biblical Adults

Published April 23, 2017 in 

Discussion Questions:

  • How does the Bible instruct us to deal with anger at the church?
  • Further discussion after scriptures

Related Scripture:

  • John 17 (Jesus weighs in)
  • James 5:16 (How to interact with the Body of Christ)
    • “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
  • John 13:14 (How to interact with the Body of Christ)
    • “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.”
  • John 13:34-35 (How to interact with the Body of Christ)
    • “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
  • Romans 12:10 (How to interact with the Body of Christ)
    • “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”
  • Romans 12:16 (How to interact with the Body of Christ)
    • “Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.”
  • Romans 14:5 (On addressing how others practice their faith)
    • “One person considers one day more sacred than another; another considers every day alike. Each of them should be fully convinced in their own mind.”
  • Romans 14:13 (Helping, not judging)
    • “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.”
  • Romans 15:7 (How to interact with the Body of Christ)
    • “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”
  • 1 Corinthians (Paul on handling conflict in the church)
  • 2 Corinthians 13:11 (How to interact with the Body of Christ)
    • “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.”
  • Galatians 5:13 (How to interact with the Body of Christ)
    • “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”
  • Ephesians 4:2 (On handling anger at the church)
    • “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
  • Ephesians 4:32 (On interacting with the Body of Christ)
    • “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
  • Ephesians 5:21 (On interacting with the Body of Christ)
    • “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ”
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (On interacting with the Body of Christ)
    • “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
  • Hebrews 10:23-25 (On God’s sovereignty over the church)
    • “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
  • James 5:9 (On interacting with the Body of Christ)
    • “Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!”
  • 1 Peter 5:5
    • “In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,
      ‘God opposes the proud
      but shows favor to the humble.'”
  • Matthew 18:15-17 (Jesus on dealing with Sin in the Church)
    • “If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’ If they still refuses to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.”

Additional Discussion:

  • So, what does the Bible say about how to address anger at or conflict within the church?

Citations/sources: https://www.biblegateway.com/ 

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