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Small Group Lesson:
Read James 1:19-21 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 

Q: When was the last time you got angry? What events happened to which you chose to respond with anger?  

Often our anger is a reaction that has a deeper sinful root such as pride or idolatry. For example, if someone is prideful and something threatens their pride, they may respond with anger. If someone has an idol of money and something happens that costs them money they may respond with anger.  

Q: In the example you shared (or in another example) what were some of the root sins that led to your anger?  

Read 1 Peter 2:21-23 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 

Q: How do you think Jesus remained calm and did not become angry when he was falsely accused, mocked, and even beaten at his trial?  

(Later consider these other passages about anger: Matthew 5:21-26, 6:14-15; Ephesians 4:26-27.)  

Read James 1:22-25 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. 

Q: What are different ways we can engage God’s Word? (Example: read the Bible daily.)  

Q: What do you think is deceptive about hearing God’s Word but not doing what it says?  

Q: What is something you have obeyed recently after learning it from God’s Word?  

It is not enough to only hear, read, or know God’s Word; we need to obey it! Putting God’s Word into practice is a specific goal of Small Groups. How much we know about God’s Word is how much we know. But how much we obey indicates the level of our spiritual maturity.  

Q: What do you need to start putting into practice?