Dr. E. Dale Locke and Rev. Trevor Johnston
Series: Upside Down
Week 2 – Maintaining Humility in a World That’s Proud
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- Practice our memory verse for this series together as a group: 1 Corinthians 1:27 – “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”
- Read Philippians 2:3-4: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
What questions or comments come to your mind from this passage?
- “Pride” is the belief that you are better than someone else. And “selfish ambition” is the drive to prove it. How did Emperor Augustus live this out in the ancient Roman world at the time Paul wrote this letter to the Philippians? What does that tell you about the culture of that time?
- What are some examples of this in our own culture today?
- Describe some negative results when people feel a need to prove their worth to others.
- Paul says to “Do nothing” out of the drive to make yourself look better than others. Is that possible to live out? Why, or why not?
- What are some things people might do out of “selfish ambition or vain conceit”?
- If “humility” is the opposite of “pride”, a person might mistakenly think that the definition of “humility” is to think other people are better than you. But that’s not true. What is a better definition of biblical humility?
- Name someone who embodies humility for you and tell about that person.
- John Dickson wrote in the book Humilitas: “Humility is the noble choice to forgo your status, deploy your resources or use your influence for the good of others before yourself. More simply, you could say humble person is marked by a willingness to hold power in service of others.”
What strikes you about that definition?
3 Aspects of True Humility
- An awareness of the dignity of self
- Willingness to deploy your resources or influence to help others
- Social – how you treat the people around
- Think about Jesus on the cross. What does this event show about God’s idea of humility?
- Talk about how you might do the “Humility Challenge” this week:
- Winning – Let 1 person win this week
- Bragging – Brag about 1 person this week
Serving – Serve 1 person when it’s not your job