Proverbs - Humility in a World of Selfies

+ Application Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. What person in your life comes to mind when you think of someone walking with humility? How has he or she modeled humility well?

  3. Which situation in your life could be aided by your growth in humility?

  4. Thinking about humility often comes with thinking about the opposite: pride. How do you see pride manifested in your workplace, family, friendships, or even in the church body?

  5. Read through the following manifestations of pride - the opposite of humility. Which areas do you perhaps struggle with and need to address.

    • My practice of the spiritual disciplines is inconsistent and superficial.
    • I am often anxious about my life and the future.
    • I am very concerned with what people think about me.
    • I am self-critical and tend to be a perfectionist.
    • I want people to be impressed with me.
    • I am overly competitive.
    • I tend to feel envious or jealous when those around me are being honored.
    • I have a know-it-all attitude.
    • I have a hard time listening. I often interrupt.
    • When listening to a sermon or teacher, I listen with other people in mind instead of listening with my own heart in mind.

1 Samuel 2:1-10 - “Not By Might Shall a Man Prevail”: Glorying in the God of the Underdog

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful?
  2. Read 1 Samuel 2:1-10. What is the focus of Hannah’s prayer? What themes do you see throughout her prayer?
  3. Hannah endured mocking and sorrow “year by year” (1:7) because “The Lord had closed her womb” (1:5–6). And yet, God did this to bring Hannah to a place of exulting in Him. How have you seen God’s sovereignty over your suffering, and how has God used your pain to bring you closer to him (Rom 8:28)?
  4. What attributes or characteristics of the Lord does Hannah mention in her prayer? Which attributes of the Lord are most meaningful to you? 
  5. What are some ways that this passage is similar to what we’ve been reading in James over the past several weeks? (See James 1:9-11, 4:6-10, 4:13-16, etc.)
  6. Take time to pray in your community group, praising God for who He is by focusing on His specific attributes.

James 2:1-13 - Consistent Compassion

Discussion Questions

  1. What is one truth or “take-away” from the sermon that you found particularly challenging/convicting/helpful? 
  2. When have you been guilty of treating people differently because of what they could offer you? What does James think of such partiality (See James 2:4)? What do such decisions reveal about our thought patterns?
  3. Will God judge our behavior toward others, and if so, what criteria will He judge by (See Matthew 12:36; 18:21-35, and Colossians 3:22-25)?
  4. Consider the people whom you pray for on a regular basis. Does the focus of your prayers reveal any partiality in your heart (i.e. praying only for people who are similar to you)?