Pastor Armstrong's sermon is based on Matthew 5:21-37.
“The Myth of Righteous Anger” (Matthew 5:21-37)
I. The Bible never speaks of ____________ anger as righteous (v.22; James 1:20).
A. Human emotions, including anger, are not inherently ______________. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4:26-27)
B. There is justification for anger, but there is no justification for ______________________________. 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:29-32)
C. Our anger is never praised; it is not a _______________________. It is like a toxic substance we cannot handle safely.
D. The connection between anger and sin is so close that Christ and His apostles virtually ____________ the two.
II. Anger is the _____________________ of God alone.
A. His anger is righteous (Mark 3:5), yet He is _____________ to manifest it (Exodus 34:6).
B. The one who remains angry assumes the place of God.
III. In Christ, God has _________________ His anger.
A. This is why our anger is so repugnant (v.22).
B. This is God’s _______________ for our anger (Ephesians 4:31-32).
C. Reconciliation within ___________________ reflects God’s reconciliation with __________________.