For our discussion tomorrow, let’s look at Philippians 2:3-4
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Things to think about:
- According to the Apostle Paul, approximately how much of our day should be dedicated to selfish ambition or vain conceit?
- o OK, that was an easy one, but what if we think about it this way:
- § How would you describe selfish ambition or vain conceit to a child?
- § What are guideposts or warning signs that signal to us we are acting out of selfish ambition or vain conceit?
- Why do we sometimes feel the need to be important, to be recognized?
- o How does (or should) our faith alter this?
- o How are you different today in this respect than say 10-20 years ago?
- What does humility mean to you?
- o When was a time you can remember when you were in a state of humility as defined here?
- § To stimulate your thinking, typically the three things we have to offer are our time, talents, and treasure
- o Warning – if you’re struggling for a recent example, time to take inventory of valuing others above yourself!
- Trick question – where does the Bible talk about how Jesus humbled Himself?
- What would be an appropriate comparison we could make if we were to lower ourselves as far as Jesus lowered Himself to our level?
- What is something you can do TODAY to draw closer to the example Jesus set for humility?
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