Main Idea
The sin of pride is the forerunner to all other sins in our lives. We will never fulfill our destiny until we deal with our pride.

Starter
Nothing gets at our pride quicker than feeling embarrassed. What is one of your most embarrassing moments?

Discuss
What comes to mind when you think of pride?

How do you feel pride can get in the way of someone fulfilling their purpose in life?

We learned this week that pride wants to be heard and always comes out in our words. In what situations do you find it hard to remain quiet?


What does the Bible say?
Read Genesis 37:1-11. What caused Joseph’s brothers to hate him? How could he have handled that better?

 

What proud behaviors do you have that frustrate others? Why do you feel you continue to do it?

 

Read Matthew 12:34 and Matthew 20:25-26. According to these verses, what’s the source of our pride and what’s the remedy?

 

Is there a pride test that you can see God working through in your life right now?

 

Apply the message
We don’t want to spend our time preventing the visible fruit of pride only; we need to deal with the invisible root of insecurity. What can you do this week to abandon your insecurity and live in the security that is found in relying on who God is?

 

Close with reading Titus 3:3-7 to get a full understanding of the security we have in Jesus.

 

Five resources to help you grow in this area:  

When People are Big and God is Small by Ed Welch

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Tim Keller

Knowing God, J.I. Packer

Humility by Andrew Murray

Who I am To Christ by Bob Kellemen

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