Ice Breaker (optional – choose one below)

  • Would you rather be a leader or a follower? Why?
  • What is your favorite winter activity?
  • When you were a child – what did you want to be when you grew up?

Main Idea

We learned this week that it is possible for mature, committed Christians to open doors for Satan and his forces to wreak havoc in their lives. This week, we are addressing the area of pride.

Discuss

What stood out to you from this weekend’s message?

 

We identified three key areas where we misplace our trust and pride can creep in and give Satan a foothold:

  • When we trust in our own strength, we’re prideful and it becomes an open door.
  • When we trust in our own righteousness, we’re prideful and it becomes an open door.
  • When we trust in our own wisdom, we’re prideful and it becomes an open door.

 

What does it look like when we trust in our own strength, our own righteousness and in our own wisdom? How did we see each in the lives of Peter (Mark 14:27-31, Matthew 16:21-23), Job (32:1-2, 33:8-9) and Ahab (1 Kings 22)?

 

How do you see culture, both inside and outside the church, reinforcing each? What are the consequences of allowing ourselves to have these mindsets?

 

What does the Bible say?

Read Proverbs 16:18

  • Why is pride so dangerous to allow in our lives according to this verse?

 

  • How have you seen pride lead to destruction? Does it always? Share.

 

  • Why does God allow the enemy to put Christians in bondage and experience trials when pride manifests itself in our lives?

 

Apply the Message

Pride is trusting in your own strength, righteousness or wisdom rather than relying on God.

 

  • In what areas of your life are you trusting in yourself rather than relying on God?

 

  • Peter and Job were restored because they chose to repent, Ahab refused and was destroyed. What do you need to repent of in the area of pride?

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