The Coming Wrath of God

Speaker: Pastor Jay Childs
Scripture: Malachi 2:17-3:5
Series: Malachi: God's Unchanging Love

Sermon Notes

  1.  Questioning God's Justice (2:17)
  2. A Reminder about God's Messiah (3:1)
  3. A Reminder about God's Justice (3:2-5) 

Discussion Questions

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What do you think of when you think of God's wrath? Did you hear about this growing up?


  1. Read Matthew 25: Look over this passage in detail.
    • Who gains eternal life? Who does not?
    • What are the criteria for those welcomed into eternal life?
    • Is Jesus teaching that we earn our salvation by doing good deeds? Why? Why not?
    • Discuss details you learn in v. 41 about hell.
    • Why is a day of coming judgment so difficult for our culture to accept?
  2. Read 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10. Describe this future day of judgment that Paul writes about.
    • Is the language of hell literal? Why? Why not?
    • How do you react to passages like this?
  3. Read Revelation 20:7-15.
    • What will happen to Satan? How long will it last? What is the nature of his punishment?
    • What is “the book” that is opened in v. 12? Are there any other references to it in the Bible?
    • Will those who go to hell be conscious or unconscious? Why?
    • How is hell described in these verses?
  4. Read Revelation 21:1-8.
    • Describe the scene here. What does John see? Describe what happens to death, pain, and sorrow.
    • Read v. 6 and note that God the Father is speaking. Who is speaking in Revelation 1:17-18?
    • How do these two texts establish that Jesus is God? Be specific.


Discuss the following statement by theologian Miroslav Volf: “God is not loving in spite of His wrath; He is loving because of His wrath” (Free of Charge, Zondervan).

Posted on November 23, 2014 and filed under Malachi.