Message Series: Pivot – Week # 2
Message: United in Humility
Communicator: Pastor Kevin Geer
Big Idea: Pursue humility to bring unity to our relationships.
Central Text/s: Philippians 2:1-11 Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? 2 Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. 9 Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Wins and Words of the Week: Take time to share WINS, (what God did) and WORD, (what God shared with you from His word) that moved you and others forward and closer to Jesus.
Ice Breaker: If you could hang out with any cartoon character, who would you choose and why?
Questions to Consider:
- From this week’s message: What made you laugh? What encouraged you? What hit you right in the gut? Why did it make you feel this way?
- What area/s in your life this week did you practice a “pivot”? What happened?
- Read and discuss Philippians 2:1-4. Kevin talked about three relationships, to which do you most relate:
1. Proud + Proud = Competitive Relationship
2. Proud + Humble = Controlling Relationship
3. Humble + Humble = Healthy Relationship
- What are some specific characteristics of competitive relationships that are so damaging?
- What are some of the dangers in controlling relationships?
- What is an example from your own life where you have seen the unifying power of healthy relationships? Maybe a relationship that transitioned from dysfunction to health?
- As a group, come up with a working definition for humility. Identify three characteristics of humility. Who in your group exemplifies those characteristics?
- 3 points: Don’t be selfish. Don’t try to impress others. Be humble.
When do you find yourself most aware of your selfish tendencies? When are you most tempted to try to impress others?
- As you survey the relationships in your life, how can you look not only to your own needs, but to the needs of others?
- Read and discuss Philippians 2:5-8. What are some practical ways that you can exercise humility in your life this week? What are the relationships that need extra attention from you, and how can you extend yourself in humility?
- At the end of each message, there is a call to action. Out of the four responses on the connection card, which resonated with you? How do you plan on addressing it in your life?
How can your group support you?
- How can you speak life over people this week? Our words hold life and peace for people. Are there ways you can encourage people in your circles and in the community?
Questions to put feet on your faith:
- What specific steps will I/We take to live out what we just discussed?
- Who can we share this message or truth with? What is their name?
- Who are you praying for to know Jesus? What is their name?
- Who will I partner with to keep me accountable so I/We can grow?