This week, Pastor Chris continued in our series Freedom in Christ. He taught that if we want to be great in the kingdom of God, we must walk in humility. As believers, we have a choice to live a life of pride and arrogance, or a life submitted to the Lord and poured out for the service of others. Choosing humility is the key to greatness.

1. Pride is trusting in our strength, wisdom, and righteousness.

Ephesians 6:10 (ESV)
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.

Proverbs 16:18 (ESV)
18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

James 3:14–15 (ESV)
14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.

Ephesians 2:8–9 (ESV)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Luke 18:9–14 (ESV)
9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Isaiah 14:13 (ESV)
13 You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north;

2. Pride is at the root of comparison.

Luke 9:46–48 (ESV)
46 An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest. 47 But Jesus, knowing the reasoning of their hearts, took a child and put him by his side 48 and said to them, “Whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great.”

John 21:20–22 (ESV)
20 Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” 22 Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!”

3. Pride covets the success of other people.

4. Pride promotes self and what self wants.

“Pride is more than the first of the seven deadly sins; it is itself the essence of all sin.” John Stott

“Pride must die in you, or nothing of heaven can live in you.” ― Andrew Murray

5. Religious pride is critical, opinionated, and convinced it is right.

• Critics sit on the sidelines while critiquing other’s efforts.
• Critics place their identity in finding fault in others.
• Critics expect that things will turn out bad.
• Critics often skip genuine inquisition and think their ministry is the only ministry.
• Critics let their opinions become dogma. (Primary/Secondary)
• Critics feed on negativity and produce unbelief, suspicion, and fear.
• Critics don’t receive feedback or correction.

Mark 8:15 (ESV)
15 And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”

“I’m a proud man pursuing genuine humility by the grace of God.” C.J. Mahaney

Isaiah 66:2 (ESV)
2 All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the LORD. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word.

2 Chronicles 16:9 (ESV)
9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.”

James 4:6 (ESV)
6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God…gives grace to the humble.”

“The pleasures of humility are really the most refined, inward, and exquisite delights in the world.” Jonathan Edwards

“Humility is simply the disposition which prepares the soul for living on trust.” Andrew Murray

“Humility is honestly assessing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness.” C.J. Mahaney

“Humility is nothing but the disappearance of self in the vision that God is all.” ― Andrew Murray

Philippians 2:1–4 (ESV)
1 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.

Philippians 2:5–7 (ESV)
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.

1. Humility Serves Others

Mark 10:45 (ESV)
45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Philippians 2:8-9 (ESV)
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,

2. Humility is Exalted

3. Humility is Teachable

Discussion questions:

  1. Pride had many different faces; are there ways that you are relying on your own strength, wisdom or righteousness instead of the Lord’s?
  2. Is there a comparison in your heart? Are you jealous of other’s success?
  3. Reading through the “Religious Pride is Critical…” section, do any of these stand out to you? Can you see any of these in your life?
  4. Signs of humility are being quick to repent, serving others, being exalted by the Lord, being teachable; are there some of these that you feel you do well? Are there some you could grow in through a practice of humility?

Applications Question:

  1. Humility serves others, is exalted, and is teachable. Spend time sitting with the Lord, asking where there are signs of humility in your life and where there is still pride. Repent for the areas of pride and ask God what humility looks like practically for you.
  2. Chris mentioned that one effective way to become more humble is to surround yourself with humble people. Spend time this week thinking of humble people in your life and ask to spend time with them!


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