1.We began by talking about the crises of confidence that faces many Christians today.
A: What are the dangers of having a lack of confidence in God & His Word?
B: Today it is common for those who maintain a Biblical worldview to be called close-minded/narrow-minded. How can we respond to this statement with grace & truth?
C: Pastor Nate then talked about how much God’s wrath is discussed in the Bible…the wrath of God was defined as: God’s perfect, eternal detestation towards all evil, wickedness, & sin. How does this definition help us to see the goodness within God’s wrath?
2.We then talked about the 5 elements of God’s wrath in v. 18.
A: We first talked about the who of wrath, Biblical wrath finds its source in God. What happens when we skip wrath when describing God & His plan of rescue? What happens when you remove the wrath of God from John 3:16?
B: What are some of the differences between God’s wrath & what we often see in our own wrath?
C: Next we talked about the when, that God’s wrath was poured out on Christ. What do we learn about God’s wrath towards sin & rebellion when you consider what took place at Calvary?
D: The where of God’s wrath is, “from heaven…” & we see God’s wrath revealing itself in both God’s moral order & God’s direct intervention. Look at Acts 5. What does this teach us about the seriousness of sin among the people of God?
E: We then talked about the what of wrath as being, “against all ungodliness & unrighteousness”. Ungodliness was defined as lacking reverence for, devotion to, the one, true God. What are ways that ungodliness can be seen in our world today? What are ways we fight against ungodliness in our own lives?
F: We also talked about the standard of righteousness. Pastor Nate used the illustration of jumping into the ocean when trying to reach Catalina Island…you may jump further than someone, but fall woefully short of the goal. What helps us to realize how far we fall short of God’s righteousness? How does realizing this make God’s grace all the more wonderful?
G: For the why of God’s wrath, we looked at the end of v. 18, “who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.” What happens when we realize that the human default isn’t goodness, but rejecting good? How does this press us to share the gospel with others?
3.We then moved to the benefits of pondering God’s wrath.
A:The first reason was so that we would hate sin. What happens when our hatred of our sin increases?
B: The second reason was so that we would revere God more deeply. What are ways that we can demonstrate a humble reverence for God?
C: The third reason was so that we would enjoy God’s grace, mercy, & love more fully. Pastor Nate cautioned us to not cheapen God’s grace, mercy, or love…how does a person cheapen these things?
D: The fourth reason was that we might labor more vigorously to see people rescued from God’s wrath. What changes when we begin to see that sharing the gospel is an act of love & kindness?
E: The final reason was so that we would praise God more resoundingly for rescuing us from God’s wrath. How does thinking on the greatness of God’s rescue help to fuel our praise of God?