Week of 4/15/2018

Session 2 Sabotage

Conquering Pride

This weekend continued the series called “Sabotage”.  Life is made up of relationships. A life of satisfaction, happiness and peace comes by developing and maintaining healthy relationships. Unfortunately, we all have patterns and behaviors that can harm or sabotage our relationships. Over the next 6 weeks we will discover and explore these behaviors and how we can overcome them with simple biblical truths.  

Breaking the Ice

  • Since we discussed the "Me First" mentality last week, what impact or difference did it make in your life this week? 

We continue our discussion this week by examining the problem of pride and how we can overcome our own pride issues. 

Read Proverbs 16:18

Pride and humiliation humility brings honor and pride goes before destruction and happiness before a fall. (NIV)

MAIN CONTENT

  • Did you pass the photo test that was discussed in the message? The idea of how we rate a photo is often based on how good we look. 
  • Would you agree that we all have a tendency to be self-centered? 
  • “Pride is the season of self.” Why is this toxic to our relationships? 

How is the idea of self-reliance prideful?

Read Psalms 10:4
The wicked are too proud to seek God. They seem to think that God is dead. (NLT)

  • Have you ever been told something about yourself that totally shocked you, then discovered later that it was true?
  • Why is it hard but necessary to receive criticism?  

Read Proverbs 29:1
Whoever stubbornly refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be destroyed beyond recovery.  (NLT)

  • Is it for you to admit you're wrong when you are aware of it? 

You can win an argument, or you can win the person’s heart, but you won’t do both. 

Conquering Pride

  • How easy is it to see pride in others? 
  • How does acknowledging your pride go hand in hand with humility?

Proverbs 29:23
A man’s pride will bring him low, but the humble in spirit will retain honor. (NKJV)

Learning to acknowledge your pride will allow you to find humility. 

  • How can trying to please people be selfish? 

Learning to love instead of being loved will bring humility. 

  • Do you view all of life as a movie and you’ve been called to be the critic? 

Read Proverbs 3:34
The Lord mocks the mockers but is gracious to the humble. 

Read Matthew 5:23-24  
Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. 

  • Why is it easier to make excuses than to make amends? Why are excuses prideful? 
  • What causes the disconnect with God in these verses? How does setting aside our pride reconnect us with God and others? 

Next Step

Your Next Step will be limited by your pride. Until you are honest with yourself and recognize your need to accept criticism from others, the cycle of self-reliance will not end. Begin to evaluate yourself and ask others to help you in the area of pride. Nothing will bring humility quicker than going to someone with whom you have conflict and making it right. God wants nothing but the best for you, but too often we let our pride keep us from that. Today, begin the path to more humility by conquering pride.