Anger and Stress Management is a practical study that offers responses to anger and stress that are imminently doable and embedded in biblical truth. You will learn how to discern between sinful and holy anger. This study provides vivid biblical descriptions of the characteristics of sinful anger. The study will walk you through responding constructively to anger and train you to know the grace of God to turn from sinful anger. In this study, you will learn penetrating questions to help you evaluate and understand your anger. These questions will illuminate the heart issues that push and pull angry responses in life.

In Anger and Stress Management we will look at anger and stress with straight-forward, unvarnished honesty, but retain a hopeful and optimistic confidence in God’s grace. God’s people have hope because God has not only given us truth but also enablement. God has revealed truth in the Bible and has empowered His people through the grace of the gospel. There is good news here; God gives us biblical ways to manage anger and stress.

  • To build our confidence in God’s Word that says a lot about anger and how to overcome it. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
  • To identify your root problems of anger and stress. The solutions that the world offers are reductionistic, while God’s solutions are holistic in nature.
  • To apply God’s Word to the anger in your heart. This study is specifically designed to look at the various aspects of the inner man and how they relate to anger. If these biblical truths are applied to our hearts, we will see success because the Word offers a 100% solution for dealing with our sin problems.
  • To equip you to help others who have similar struggles.

Instructors

Dr Wayne Mack is a graduate of Wheaton College, Philadelphia Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary as well as having done extensive graduate studies at La Salle University, Eastern Baptist Seminary, Wheaton Graduate School and Trinity Evangelical Seminary. Dr Mack was chairman of the graduate and undergraduate counselling programme at The Master’s University and Seminary. He currently serves as Elder at Lynnwood Baptist Church and is the Director of ACBC Africa. Dr. Mack has been inducted into the highest level of membership in the ACBC, and has authored 25 books on counselling issues, including Anger and Stress Management.

Pastor Sybrand de Swardt is Pastor of Lynnwood Baptist Church in Pretoria where he serves with Dr Mack, and is the Director of SMTI. Pastor Sybrand has completed his Master’s degree in Biblical Counselling from The Master’s University and is in the process of doing research for his Phd at the North West University. He has done both extensive counselling and has taught counselling related issues at SMTI.

Venue: Lynnwood Baptist Church, 52 Jacobson Drive, Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria
Time: 17:45 – 18:45 Fellowship Dinner
18:45 – 20:00 Anger and Stress Management Study
Dates: July 26 General Introduction
August 2 Chapter 1: Sometimes It’s Right and Sometimes It’s Wrong to Be Angry
August 16 Chapter 2: When Anger is Wrong
August 23 Chapter 3: Learning to be Good and Angry
August 30 Chapter 4: Six Questions That Can Make the Difference
September 6 Chapter 5: Where Does Stress Come From?
September 13 Chapter 6: There are Consequences
September 20 Chapter 7: The Way of Escape – Part 1
October 4 Chapter 8: The Way of Escape – Part 2

Textbook

This study will use a textbook called Anger and Stress Management God’s Way along with the Bible to define anger and what God's solutions are to solving sinful anger and stress.

Pre-Study Reading

We recommend that you read the following materials before attending the study.

  • What is a Christian by Wayne Mack. Pretoria, South Africa: Strengthening Media.
  • Wat is n Christen by Wayne Mack, trans. by Louise van der Waldt. Pretoria, South Africa: Strengthening Media.
  • Help! I Want to Change by Jim Newheiser. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, 2014.
  • A Homework Manual for Biblical Living, Volume 1 by Wayne Mack. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 1980.
  • It’s Not Fair by Wayne Mack. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2008.
  • Down But Not Out by Wayne Mack. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2005.
  • Humility, A Forgotten Virtue by Wayne Mack and Joshua Mack. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2005.
  • A Fight to the Death by Wayne Mack and Joshua Mack. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2006.
  • Uprooting Anger by Robert Jones. Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2005.
  • Good and Angry by David Powlison. Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, 2016.

The above readings are available from Good Neighbours Bookshop (Johannesburg location) | 011 704 1857 and Augustine Bookroom (Pretoria location) | 012 993 4606

The main textbook, Anger and Stress Management God’s Way, and the booklet, What is a Christian, are available from Lynnwood Baptist Church, 52 Jacobson Drive, Lynnwood Ridge, Pretoria | 012 361 4556

Personal-Improvement Project

We present this study with the belief that God will use His Word to help you identify aspects of anger and stress in your own life.

In order to do this, we want to help you identify major patterns of wrong thinking, behaving, speaking, or emotions (e.g., a tendency to be withdrawn, uptight, evasive, aggressive, controlling, competitive, pushy, demanding, judgmental, negative, critical, etc.).

Further we want to bring the gospel as the God-given solution to our sin problems. For instance, the gospel can be applied to help with the following issues:

  • How do you relate to loved ones? This provides a microcosm of your life style.
  • How do you play? Your approach to almost any endeavour such as sports, school and work habits can serve as a window into your pride, fears, competitiveness, anger, performance orientation, fantasy, laziness, lack of self-control, concern to outdo or impress others, unbiblical standards, etc.
  • How often are you anxious? How you respond to and handle pressure, stress, disappointment, rejection, demands, etc.
  • Do you fear people? Your desire to be applauded, approved, accepted, fear of criticism, rejection, failure, etc.
  • Are you self-absorbed? A focus on your own opinions, agenda, desires, fears, concerns, interests. This would include talking too much, frequently taking things personally, regarding disagreement as a rejection of you, considering your ideas to be better than the ideas of others, etc.
  • How do you relate to authority? Parents, teachers, church leaders, bosses, police, etc. You are rebellious and self-willed. How do you respond when their ideas and decisions differ with yours?
  • How do you respond emotionally, behaviourally, verbally, cognitively? For example, when a teacher doesn’t give you the grade you think you deserve, or your wife does not treat you as you think she should, etc.?
  • How do you respond to being sinned against? This would be seen when you are wronged, betrayed, maligned, criticized unjustly, hurt by other people, etc.
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