Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God Discussion Questions

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Do you want to educate your students about Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards? These helpful discussion questions will assist you in reviewing the famous sermon.

Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God

Jonathan Edwards was one of the most famous theologians in American history. During the Great Awakening, he preached his Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God sermon. To this day, it is still studied by religious historians.

Questions about the Content

  • What does Jonathan Edwards explain in the very first paragraph, and how does it relate to the rest of the sermon?
  • In the second paragraph, Edwards states the importance of the expression 'their foot shall slide in due time.' What did he mean by this proclamation?
  • Why does Edwards say that certain people have 'not fallen' yet or 'do not follow now?'
  • How does he define 'the sword of divine justice?'
  • According to Edwards, what is the Devil watching and preparing to do?
  • How do most natural men flatter themselves into thinking Hell will not be their ultimate destination?
  • Can you analyze what is the ruin and misery of the soul?
  • What did the expression 'how dieth the wise man, even as a fool' mean?
  • How does Edwards relate 'the corruption of the heart of man' to a 'furnace of fire and brimstone?'
  • Can you analyze the line 'it came as a thief, Death outwitted me, God's wrath was too quick for me?'
  • How would you visualize the paragraph in which Edwards talks about 'the bow of God's wrath?'
  • What did Edwards mean when he referred to peace and safety versus thin air and empty shadows?
  • Can you create in your mind's eye what Edwards meant when he said 'you will be a vessel of wrath fitted to destruction?'
  • What did Edwards say would happen if you 'cry to God to pity you?'
  • How did Edwards compare and contrast people that were 'born again' versus people that were 'moral and strict, sober and religious?'
  • In the final paragraph, what dire warning does Edwards implore to his congregation?

Questions about Vocabulary Words

The following twenty-one words appeared in the sermon (in the order they appear in this list). To fully understand the meaning of the text, can you look up definitions for these words?

  • castedst
  • didst
  • chaff
  • rebuke
  • cumbreth
  • thither
  • immutable
  • whet
  • hitherto
  • prudence
  • contrivance
  • fain
  • potentates
  • omnipotence
  • unregenerate
  • dolorous
  • raiment
  • haughty
  • ineffable
  • wherein
  • hewen

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