Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager

"That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth..." (Proverbs 22:21).

The Qualification Of Elders - Not Soon Angry

A Study About Elders
(Part 19)
Not Soon Angry
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I. Introduction:

A. Anger can be righteous (Mark 3:1-6; cf. Hebrews 7:21-26).

  1. The word of God can cause righteous indignation (Jeremiah 15:16-17).
  2. In general, you can be angry and sin not (Ephesians 4:26-27).
B. However, being an angry person is a formula for disaster (Ecclesiastes 7:9).
  1. An angry person is so dangerous that it is wise not to befriend that individual (Proverbs 22:24).
  2. Anger is something one should be able to cut off rather than be overtaken in (Psalms 37:8 and Colossians 3:8).

II. Body: Not Soon Angry (Titus 1:7).

A. What we are looking at is a term that means: “Irascible: — soon angry. Prone to anger” (Strong’s # 3711).
  1. A person who is soon angry deals foolishly (Proverbs 14:17).
  2. On the other hand, not getting angry quickly makes one better than the mighty (Proverbs 16:32).
B. This is not a lesson about controlling anger, it is about not quickly getting angered [wrath; excitement of mind; anger] (James 1:19-20).
  1. We will address self-control in another lesson (Titus 1:8).
  2. What we don’t want is a shepherd who can be easily provoked and blow up (Numbers 20:1-13).
  3. Instead of the betterment of others, anger can lead a person to seek the destruction of others (Genesis 4:1-10).
  4. An elder that is slow to anger will be able to defuse situations (Proverbs 15:18).
C. Consider how the Lord is “slow to anger” (Psalms 103:8-14).
  1. This does not mean He ignores sin (Nahum 1:3).
  2. He does act in anger (Deuteronomy 29:19-24 and Psalms 7:11-12).
  3. However, He is not so quickly angered that He becomes irrational as a result (Deuteronomy 9:13-29 and Psalms 106:32-45).
  4. The Lord is our example to follow (Ephesians 5:1-2).

III. Conclusion: Proverbs 14:29

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