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Steve McVey: What Is God's Wrath?

Steve McVey

Steve McVey: What Is God's Wrath?

Dr. Steve McVey discusses the frequently misunderstood topic of God's wrath, and its relationship with God's love.

(36.6 minutes)
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Steve McVey

Dr. Steve McVey is founder of GraceWalk Ministries. He is the author of Grace Walk, Grace Rules, Grace Amazing, The Godward Gaze, A Divine Invitation, Walking in the Will of God, The Grace Walk Experience, Beyond an Angry God, The Secret of Grace, Anchored and 52 Lies Heard in Church Every Sunday. For a PDF file of five YI interviews, click here.

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1. Why do you think people assume there is a split between the love and wrath of God?

2. Steve said that everything about God must be understood through the lens of his love. Why?

3. How do you understand, “The wrath of God is an expression of God’s love”?

4. Please comment on Steve’s discussion of the various usages of the biblical word “wrath.”

5. What did you think of the claim that people hate God’s “wrath” unless it is perceived as love?

6. Why is it critical to differentiate between love as an attribute of God and God being love?

7. Please share with us your impressions of Steve’s analogy of the “sin house.”

8. Please comment on the statement, “Grace makes you want to glorify God and say no to sin.”

A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.

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Mike Morrison: Steve, I’m really glad that you could come back again and have another discussion.

Steve McVey: Thanks Mike, I’m glad to be back. I’ve enjoyed this time, these programs with you.

MM: You talked before about the love of God, and I agree with you on that, but I wanted to ask you about the other side. Scripture talks about the wrath of God as well. How does this fit in with a God who is love?

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Alan Torrance: God's Wrath, Hell, and the Role of Science

Alan Torrance

Alan Torrance: God's Wrath, Hell, and the Role of Science

The wrath of God and hell come about because of God's love. Good science indicates God's existence.

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Alan Torrance

Alan J. Torrance is professor of systematic theology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. His work includes Persons in Communion: Trinitarian Description and Human Participation and The Theological Grounds for Advocating Forgiveness and Reconciliation in the Sociopolitical Realm. He earned his doctorate at theology at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg in Germany.

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Small group discussion guide

Discussion groups might wish to prepare their own topics, request topics from the group, use the following suggested topics, or mix and match all three.

Suggested topics:

1. Why is it important that we not separate God’s wrath from his love?

2. How do you feel about the statement, “God loves the victimizer as well as the victim?”

3. Why was it emphasized that we must not project our human concepts of wrath onto God?

4. “God’s wrath must be understood in the light of his redemptive purpose”—any thoughts?

5. How do you understand hell in the sense of “alienation from God?”

6. Please comment on, “hell is populated by people who are loved and forgiven by God.”

7. Why do you think people assume that death in this life is the cutoff point for salvation?

8. What do you think about good science being described as a “wonderful gift of God?”

A few simple guidelines for leading a discussion: 1) Encourage open discussion. 2) Ask questions relevant to the topic. 3) Listen attentively. 4) Encourage divergent views. 5) Encourage everyone to participate. 6) Summarize and paraphrase. 7) Minimize teaching and preaching.

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Paul introduces his letter to the Romans as a letter about the gospel, and he describes the gospel as “the power of God for salvation to everyone who has faith.” In the gospel, he says, God’s righteousness is revealed. The good news is that God, in his righteousness, is giving us salvation.

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