- Have you accepted “God helps those who help themselves” as biblical? Why or Why not?
- How would you define pride?
- Pride is when sinful human beings aspire to the status and position of God and refuse to acknowledge their dependence upon Him. Mahaney, C.J.. Humility: True Greatness (Kindle Locations 272-273). The Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
- How would you define humility?
- C.J. Mahaney says “Humility is honestly assessing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness. Mahaney, C.J.. Humility: True Greatness (Kindle Locations 160-161). The Crown Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
- Why is pride our greatest enemy and humility our greatest friend?
- How does your meals and who you eat with represent your vision of life (your version of the good life)?
- Any pride in your life (self-sufficiency; selfish ambition; self-glorification; self-interest)?
- Why do we all have a craving to be on “A-list” status with certain people or certain groups? How do we combat this area of pride?
- The Kingdom of God is coming slower than any of Christ’s disciples expected. Why does it take humility to accept God’s time-table? Where are you most tempted in pride to doubt or thwart God’s time-table?
- Why is submitting to God’s priorities a good test of the genuineness of our conversion? Why do we use circumstances (possessions or people) to excuse our lack of saltiness (Lk. 14:34-35)? Is God limited by our circumstances?
- Why do we often wait for unbelievers to come to us when God tells us to go to them? Are our small groups cozy support groups (or any other ministry) or are they doing adventurous mission together? Why or why not?
- “What have you found helpful to combat these
areas of pride in your own life?”
- How can meals be enacted mission? How can your table be an avenue for you to be a missionary? Pray about someone this week to invite over. We often say, “I don’t have time to go out and witness.” But everyone eats 3 meals a day! You’re going to eat anyway. Make time for evangelism by making room at the dinner table!
- If we were to compare being the leader of a ministry at church with having people over to your house for dinner, how does having people over for a meal help combat pride with humility? It goes largely unnoticed and unrecognized! (Not saying we should only have one without the other. There needs to be a balance)