The Gospel and Gender Pt. 2: Angry Much? – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week, Pastor Deric continues the series ‘The Gospel and Culture’ with a message titled ‘The Gospel and Gender Pt. 2: Angry Much?’ based on 2 Timothy 2:24-26.

1. WHY: Certain ideas are core to being a Christian.
2. HOW: You need to know how to respond in this angry age
ICEBREAKER: Who is the most interesting stranger you have met?
1. 2 Timothy 2:24 speaks directly to our current cultural climate where people engage in heated debates at the slightest provocation. God’s people possess His wisdom to do better. How are we to behave when a controversial topic arises in a conversation [cf. 1 Timothy 3:2-3; Titus 3:1-2; and James 1:19-20]?
2. How are the wise and the foolish contrasted in Proverbs 29:11? Why is showing self-control such a forgotten virtue in today’s world? How can it be rediscovered [cf. Proverbs 12:16; 18:13; and 25:28]?
3. Matthew’s Gospel account begins with Immanuel (“which means, God with us” – 1:23) and ends with Jesus’ reassuring words “I am with you always” (28:20). How does the promise of His presence help to strengthen you while living in our corrupt and confused culture [cf. 1 Kings 8:57; Isaiah 41:10; and Acts 18:9-10]?
4. According to Galatians 6:1-2, what is commanded, who should carry out the command, and how should it be done [cf. Romans 15:1-2; 2 Corinthians 13:11; and James 5:19-20]?
5. Our culture is noticeably self-absorbed. How are Christians to live differently and show the world a better way, according to Philippians 2:3-4 [cf. Romans 12:10; Galatians 5:25-26; and 1 Peter 5:5]?
6. According to James 5:19-20, what is our Christian responsibility to those who stray into error? What is the desired outcome of our intervention [cf. Matthew 18:15; Luke 1:16-17; and 2 Corinthians 2:6-8]?
7. What did you find helpful or challenging about this Sunday’s message?

“Most laws condemn the soul
and pronounce sentence.
The result of the law
of my God is perfect.
It condemns but forgives.
It restores – more than abundantly –
what it takes away.”
Jim Elliot