Community Group Questions 11/16/14

Sermon Title: Your Circle Part 3: Do Humble

Main Text: Philippians 2:1-11

Topics:

  • Christ was a perfect example of humility. Jesus modeled for us what true humility looks like. The gospel is that the Creator of all things, who is infinitely powerful and infinitely glorious, left the glory of heaven and became a man. He took on the form of a servant and became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

  • The honor-shame culture of the 1st Century A.D. would have scoffed at the mere thought of God coming to the earth as a man and being crucified. The cross was reserved for the lowest of the low, not the highest of the high.

  • Jesus redefined greatness. He demonstrated that true greatness is found in considering others more significant than oneself. It was actually because of his shaming on the cross that God has exalted Jesus to the highest place and given him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

  • Humility is not a destination we arrive at. We won’t one day, no matter how tight we are with Jesus, wake up and say, ‘I’ve made it. I’m humble now.’ That’s just not the way it works. And if we ever think we do have it, it probably means we don’t have it.

  • And yet, humility holds such immense power for good. True and genuine humility lived out can transform our workplaces, our families, and our friendships.

  • A focus on being more humble is very self-centered. Humility is not an end in and of itself. Nor is it a means to an end. Humility is the byproduct of knowing the gospel of Christ, meditating on the gospel of Christ, and then living out its implications for our lives.
  • A focus on doing humble follows the pattern of Christ. By “doing humble,” I mean getting the focus off of ourselves and onto others. It means staying others-centered as opposed to self-centered. When we “do humble” we make the people we are serving the ones who are more significant. 

Key Questions:

  1. HIGH/LOW: What was the high point of your week and the low point?

  2. ICEBREAKER: Share why you agree or disagree with the following quote: “If anyone would like to acquire humility, I can, I think, tell him the first step. The first step is to realise that one is proud...Nothing whatever can be done before it. If you think you are not conceited, it means you are very conceited indeed.” -- C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity

  3. READ: Philippians 2:1-11

  4. What makes humility such a difficult character trait to acquire?

  5. Is humility a means to an end, an end in itself, or is it the byproduct of pursuing something else?

  6. How has Jesus modeled humility for us?

  7. In what ways did Jesus redefine true greatness and honor?

  8. How would you define humility in your own words?

  9. How can a focus on being humble actually lead us into pride?

  10. How can a focus on doing humble help us to live humbly?

  11. Why is humility vital to having strong friendships?

  12. Can you think of a time where someone placed your interests above their own? How did you feel in response to their actions?

  13. What are some practical ways that we can “do humble” on a daily basis? What’s stopping you from doing them?