Pride is a declaration of independence from God. Our pride blinds us to our pride.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR SHEPHERD GROUPS
- What was one thing you found particularly interesting, insightful, helpful or difficult to understand from this Sunday?
- One of the reasons we gather to worship as a church is to be in the presence of God. Why else do we gather? Do you find that you are easily distracted during times of worship? Why?
- Read and discuss Proverbs 6:16-19, 11:2, 15:33 and Philippians 2:1-11. What theme(s) do you note here? What might this tell us about ourselves? What does it tell us about God? What does this tell us about pride? What other verses in Proverbs speak of pride?
- Read and discuss Genesis 3:1-7. How is this account an appeal to pride? Why is this significant? Why is pride the “ultimate sin”?
- “The roots of pride go very deep and very wide.” How do you see this at work in your life? In what ways or areas do you struggle with pride?
- What would those who know you well say are areas where you struggle with pride?
- Consider these symptoms of pride: unteachable, always right/never wrong, boastful, argumentative, inferiority/superiority complex, trouble asking for forgiveness. What are some other warning signs of pride? Which do you relate to most?
- How can pride be passed on from generation to generation? What are some other consequences of pride?
- How does the gospel address our pride? How can the gospel be the ultimate solution to our pride?
- What are some practical ways in your daily life that you need to starve pride and feed humility? Spend some time in prayer asking God to reveal areas of pride in your life. Thank Him that these are forgiven in Christ and ask Him to help you deal with these areas in a way that honors Him and shows the goodness of Jesus.