Sunday, January 25, 2009

God promotes the humble

I am so very proud to bring you this week's small group curriculum which encourages us to live lives of humility.  :)
Big Idea:
We live in a world that promotes the proud, the arrogant, and the boisterous, but God’s Word tells us that He will promote the humble. Understanding Godly humility is therefore important, and living it out is essential. 

As followers of Christ, we are called to boast in the Lord and not in ourselves. This means that pride must be eradicated from our lives and replaced with humility. Before we continue, let’s make sure we understand that humility is not weakness. In fact, it takes strength to intentionally live humbly. Moses was “the meekest man on the face of the earth,” but he wasn’t the weakest. Humility is not self-abasement or beating oneself up. It is not thinking less of yourself. Rather, it is thinking of yourself less. Humility is also not hypocrisy. It is not acting as if you are something less than what you really are. 

So, what is humility? What does it look like? Humility is surrendering to the sovereignty of God and accepting that God is God and we are not. He is the creator of the universe and He is in control. Humility is learning to rely on the Source of life. We must acknowledge that all of our talent, all of our gifts, and all of our abilities ultimately come from God. Humility means accepting God’s gift of grace. He gives His amazing grace to the humble, which saves us and empowers us to live our lives for Him. Humility is putting the needs of others first. We are called to give up our rights in order to serve others - not grudgingly, but thankfully. Finally, while we are not called to boast in ourselves; we are called to boast in God - in His glory, His marvelous works, His grace, His power, and His love. Let’s tell others of the great things He has done. 

Discussion Questions: (read the scriptures & discuss) 

Matthew 20:25-28 & Matthew 23:12
What does God say will happen when we promote ourselves? Why is it hard to be humble? How has pride messed things up in your life? How can we be servants to one another? Discuss examples of humble people that have been lifted up by God because of their humility (ie: Mother Theresa). 

Philippians 2:3
What attributes does Paul use in this passage to contrast humility? How does esteeming others more than ourselves display humility? What can we do that shows others they are important to us?  

2 Corinthians 10:17-18 & Jeremiah 9:23-24
What happens if we take the credit that should go to God? Discuss practical ways that we can boast in the Lord. Challenge each other to implement these practices into your daily lives.  

Taking Action: Make this week a week of boasting – not in yourself, but in God. Also, intentionally think of yourself less and think of others more. Finally, make this a week where you purposefully “do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.” 

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