Sermon Study Notes: Joy in Humility

We invite you to go deeper in your personal reflection and response to this week's sermon through these study notes and application questions. Take some time this week to read the sermon texts in their full context and study out on your own what we have been learning together at gathering.

If you have not had a chance to listen to the sermon, or if you need help as you work through the study this week, you can listen to the sermon here: Joy in Humility

Sermon Text:Philippians 2:1-11

Additional Readings:

  • Proverbs 14:12

  • Psalm 133

  • Galatians 6:2-4

  • Romans 12:15

  • John 19:11

Application Questions:  we appreciate humility in others but are adverse to it in ourselvestrue humility is other orientedhumility allows for disagreement and unity to coexistwe want people to be made in our image not god'spride is motivated by fearhumility is most in touch with the reality that only God is good and great. When you

  • One way that we can show humility to others is in our speech. Ask yourself if you are most often using your words for your own purposes or to value others for God's purposes.

  • Take note of how you use your words both publicly and privately this week to see if they reflect a humble heart and one that is focused on Christ and valuing others has He does.

  •  True humility is Jesus centered. Read John 19 this week to remember Christ's humility. How will remembering Christ's specific work for you throughout each day enable you to choose humility even in circumstances when you feel like you have the right to choose something else?

  • "At the cross we are laid low as we see the cost and weight of our sin on Jesus and at the cross we are exalted because we peer up at Jesus and see the depths of God's love for us and the value He has given us to go to these lengths to save us. Only at the cross are we simultaneously humbled and exalted." Do you tend to focus on just one of these when you consider the cross? How might you find a more full view of Christ's work on the cross through prayer and Bible reading this week?


Humility is to make a right estimate of oneself. - Charles Spurgeon
Humility is so shy. If you begin talking about it, it leaves. - Tim Keller
Jesus does not ask us to live a life that He did not already live perfectly on our behalf. - Kort Marley
The author of life submitted to death for you and me. - Kort Marley
Think not that humility is weakness; it shall supply the marrow of strength to thy bones. Stoop and conquer; bow thyself and become invincible. – Spurgeon
Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance. There is something in humility that strangely exalts the heart. – Augustine
Truly edifying words are words that reveal the character and the promises and the activity of God. They’re cross-centered words. They’re words rooted in and derived from Scripture, words that identify the active presence of God, and words that communicate the evidences of grace that you observe in others. [These are] words that flow from a humble heart. - CJ Mahaney

Our prayer is that this sermon study guide will help you in your spiritual growth. As you read and pray through these passages, we encourage you to take your study into community as well. Talk to your friends and family about what you are learning and make sharing your faith a part of your growth in Him.

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