October 15, 2017

Sermon Message by Rev. Dr. Parrish L. Bridges

"Managing Anger"

Message Series:  Building Blocks to Great Relationships

Theme:  Love is not easily angered.


Call to Worship

Leader: Come! Dwell in God’s courts forever.

People: Happy are those who live and pray in God’s house.

Leader: In God alone our hearts sing for joy.

People: In God alone do we find strength.

Leader: O Lord of hosts, how lovely is your dwelling place.  

People: We have come in prayer to worship the Lord

Sermon Title: "Managing Anger" 

(Theme: Love is not easily angered)

Sermon Notes:


1 Corinthians 13:5 states, “Love is not irritable [easily angered].”

(All Scripture references are taken from the NRSV)

Keys to Managing Anger:

1. _____________________ to manage it.  

“One who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and one whose temper is CONTROLLED than one who captures a city.” Proverbs 16:32


2. ______________________ the cost.  

“One given to anger stirs up STRIFE, and the hothead CAUSES MUCH TRANSGRESSION.” Proverbs 29:22

“Those who are hot-tempered STIR UP STRIFE, but those who are slow to anger calm contention.” Proverbs 15:18

“Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but one who has a hasty temper EXALTS FOLLY.” Proverbs 14:29

“One who is quick-tempered ACTS FOOLISHLY, and the schemer is hated.” Proverbs 14:17

“Those who trouble [provokes to anger and resentment] their households will inherit wind, and the fool will [have nothing worthwhile left] be servant to the wise.” Proverbs 11:29


3. _______________________ before acting.  

“A fool gives full vent to anger, but the WISE QUIETLY HOLDS IT BACK.” Proverbs 29:11

“Those with good sense are slow to anger, and it is their glory to overlook an offense.” Proverbs 19:11

Ask myself:

A. Why am I angry?

B. What do I really want?

C. How can I get it?

Note: There are three common causes of anger:

• ___________________________, 

• ___________________________, and

• ___________________________. .


4. ___________________________ my anger appropriately. 

 “Be angry but DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger…” Ephesians 4:26

Three things to not do:

Don’t  __________________________  it.

Don’t  __________________________  it.

Don’t  __________________________  it.


5. ______________________________ my mind. “be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Romans 12:2

6. I need to ____________________________ to people who are patient. “Make no friends with those given to anger, and do not associate with hotheads, or you may learn their ways and entangle yourself in a snare.” Proverbs 22:24-25

“…the fruit of the Spirit is…patience…” Galatians 5:22


Bible Texts: NIV (New International Version)

Old Testament: Psalm Reading: Psalm 34:1-8

Of David. When he pretended to be insane before Abimelek, who drove him away, and he left.

1) I will extol the Lordat all times;

his praise will always be on my lips.

2I will glory in the Lord;

let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

3Glorify the Lordwith me;

let us exalt his name together.

4I sought the Lord, and he answered me;

he delivered me from all my fears.

5Those who look to him are radiant;

their faces are never covered with shame.

6This poor man called, and the Lordheard him;

he saved him out of all his troubles.

7The angel of the Lordencamps around those who fear him,

and he delivers them.

8Taste and see that the Lordis good;

blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.


Bible Texts: NIV (New International Version)

New Testament Scripture: Ephesians 4:25

Instructions for Christian Living

25) Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27and do not give the devil a foothold. 28Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

29Do 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. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

New Testament Scripture: Ephesians 5:2

1) Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2) and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.