Pride is the main reason why Satan fell. In our lives, pride naturally rises in us in this secular world as we gain more wealth, power and security in our lives. Temporarily, life seems promising as we live the pride of things we achieve but the consequences at the end is fall.
Proverbs 16:18-19 ERV Pride is the first step toward destruction. Proud thoughts will lead you to defeat. 19 It is better to be a humble person living among the poor than to share the wealth among the proud.
Are we watching ourselves in the destructive consequence of pride? Let’s us study the humility of Jesus Christ and how we can apply in our lives.
II. BIBLE READING
Philippians 2:1–11 ESV So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Every member who attends the lifegroup to learn and apply the principle of humility: SELF-DENIAL, UNDERSTANDING and SERVING/LOVING OTHERS.
1. What are the ways we show pride?
2. What unity Paul was trying to send to the Philippians?
B. The Principles of Humility
Principle 1 – SELF-DENIAL:
Philippians 2:3a Let each of you look not only to his own interests …
Do we listen to the Holy Spirit? Or are we listening to our worldly desires?
Principle 2 – UNDERSTANDING:
Philippians 2:3b but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. (ESV)
Philippians 2:3b Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. (NLT)
1. How do we think others better than ourselves?
Principle 3 – SERVING OTHERS:
Philippians 2:4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
What is the difference between verse 2 and verse 4?
C. JESUS: Our ultimate model of humility
1. Who is the ultimate model that we follow as christians?
2. Did Jesus have this principles of humility Paul was telling to the Philippians?
D. Our Response to Jesus
1. Why Paul gave example of humility to Jesus Christ?